For the last few days, I've been trying to keep myself sane while counting the days until Prime. To aid in this, I started going over last year's con guide and watching some of the video of The Omegathon just to get a little bit of the PAX feeling back in my blood, and it eventually resulted in me having a discussion with some of my friends that are going this year about the nature of The Omegathon and if any one of us could handle the pressure of such an event.
If you're on this forums, it seems more than likely that you tick the little "I'd like to be considered for the Omegathon" box when you buy your passes each year. But what happens when you unwrap the Wonka bar and find that ticket? I can only imagine an intense rush of emotions and self-questioning: "Do I have the presence to be on stage for these events?", "What if I don't know any of the games?", "What if they choose my favorite game, and I choke?" - We all wanted to be the little kid in The Wizard, playing Super Mario Bros. 3 on a giant screen for huge prizes, but if you think about it too much, it's scary stuff!
If you accepted that coveted role, what then? Do you want your friends there to support you during the events? Or does the presence of people that you know make you more nervous? Or maybe they've got other panels or events that they want to be at instead, does that disappoint or relieve you.
Let's take it a step further... you're an Omeganaut, you've blown through the first five games, and you're now standing on that grand stage for the final round. Of course, the final round of the Omegathon is also the closing ceremony for the event. You're no longer surrounded only by the people who were interested in the Omegathon itself, but by every single person who has come to say goodbye to PAX. Does that increase the pressure, or have you already surpassed the "crowd threshold" and it's just a number at this point?
I dunno, like I said, this is just a fun line of thought that I started following to help pass time until passes go on sale. Interesting to think about.
What would be your ideal Final Round game? That one game that you're so intimately familiar with, that you would feel like the moment was made just for you? For me, it'd probably be Rez. Two players taking turns at the first stage, trying to score as high as possible through clever patterns and accurate targeting. I think it'd have a bonus effect of getting the crowd even more riled up, since the game is based around generating music as you do well and progress through each stage.
Think it all over. Imagine what it would be like, revel in those feelings swelling inside. We're less than 150 days from Prime, and maybe the next Omeganaut champion could be you!
Let me just get a beep boop on your PAX badge real quick!