Even with imminent snowstorms promising the worst, attendees still flocked to downtown Columbus, Ohio for the largest annual pop culture event in the state – Ohayocon. January always brings difficulties in the buckeye state this time of year, but it can never keep the fun of Ohayocon at bay!
This year saw a large attendance as always, completely taking over the Hyatt Regency as well as a good chunk of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Fans from all over the state (and out of state) braved the elements to come together and share their love of all things anime, video games, and pop culture.
The gaming room a great area of the con as always, though expansion in the future would be more than welcome, as space seemed limited for all wanting to participate. One of the most popular additions this year was Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. Battles with eight people at a time definitely made the atmosphere more intense. Attendees also flocked to PCs to play League of Legends, another popular choice of the weekend. Arcade and rhythm games were available in addition to consoles, and kept the atmosphere jumping. The gaming staff was great as well, keeping tournaments running smoothly for participants. Tabletop gaming was also available for fans of card games such as Magic.
Ohayocon’s artist’s alley was impressive as usual, bringing in numerous talents offering great quality creations. The dealer’s room was packed, with vendors bringing a great and varied selection of goods, from vintage and Japanese games to posters, action figures, clothing and accessories, manga, and more. There was literally something for everyone. Organization seemed even better this year, as crowds moved along well despite the number of people shopping for convention memorabilia.
Cosplay was also top-notch, attracting costumers of all skill sets. With the recent return of popular games such as The Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros., there were quite a few impressive Nintendo costumes. Survival horror fans flocked to a well-received Resident Evil photoshoot, while others embraced newer titles in the genre by dressing up as characters from The Evil Within. Other popular choices in costumes this year were superheroes and lots of Disney.
All in all, this year’s Ohayocon was another successful one. It continues to be the largest of its kind in Ohio, and shows no signs of slowing down. It will be interesting to see what it brings to the table in 2016. One can always hope for more expansion and less snow – though there’s less hope with the latter. After all, this is Ohio!