Detroit’s annual weekend celebration of all things anime, video games, and pop culture has come and gone again. But as always, it leaves a lasting impression. Youmacon is held between two buildings (because just one cannot contain it!), the GM Renaissance Center and Cobo buildings in downtown Detroit. Those worried about the cold weather commute between the two buildings opted for passes on the city’s people mover, a unique light rail system that circles around different destinations downtown. And as most will say, braving the cold weather for this event is worth it.
The game room was stationed in the RenCen, and stayed consistently busy all weekend long. The diversity of games at this convention is always great, and caters to everyone. Tournaments are held every year, like at most conventions, but every year it seems that the Marvel VS Capcom 3 event is the one to see. While the crowds are smaller than most large sporting events (more due to size of the room), it definitely gives you the same feel. Everyone gathers around shouting and cheering the players on, exclaiming at every hit. Fighting games are always more exciting at convention – especially Youmacon!
The classic games that were available this year were impressive as well, creating nostalgia for fans as they played through titles like The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. Wii U systems were also there to play, and many con-goers were seen zipping through Mario Kart’s latest installment. Never failing to impress – Youmacon’s game room is always a hit!
At the Cobo center, the dealer’s room and artist’s alley was combined into one massive hall, with plenty of room for attendees to freely move about. Plenty of costume wares, geekery, fan art, and video games were for sale all weekend to ensure no one left with a full wallet.
Fan favorite voice actor D.C. Douglas returned to Youmacon as well, thrilling video game fans as the voice of Albert Wesker in Resident Evil and Legion in Mass Effect. Here, he debuted his all-new D.C. Douglas After Dark panel to con-goers over the age of 18. The panel received great reviews from those in attendance, no less than what was expected from the entertaining D.C.!
Youmacon is known for its fantastic cosplay, and this year was no exception. Costumers from nearly any fandom imaginable could be found throughout the weekend, with huge gatherings of costumed fans, including Assassin’s Creed, Game of Thrones, Disney, Marvel, D.C., Resident Evil, and so much more. The talent of these amazing cosplayers never ceases to amaze!
While it was a cold weekend in Detroit, Youmacon proved once again that they can keep things hot, and it will be exciting to see what lies in store for 2015!