For a lot of us, going to a gaming convention can be a highlight of the year. It’s not just because of the bright and shiny games on the show floor or the chance of free loot. Its something deeper: the sense of understanding and belonging you can get being around so many people who are enjoying the same experience. Sure, the lines can be long and the crowd frustrating, but you deal with it because they are all here for the same reasons you are. There’s a reason why the PAX conventions use the slogan ‘Welcome Home’.