08.21.2014Personal Tech

Geeking Out With the LG G Pad at Indianapolis Gen Con 2014

This is a guest post from Heather Markovich, a gaming and cosplay aficionado. When she isn’t dressing up as her favorite video game characters and attending comic and gaming conventions, she serves as a public relations consultant to Verizon Wireless in the Wisconsin/Illinois region.

Gen Con, otherwise known as “The Best Four Days in Gaming,” is easily the best four days of my year. Though the convention is held every mid-August in Indianapolis, my group of friends and I plan out our trip nearly nine months in advance. The convention is quite similar to San Diego’s infamous Comic-Con International, but focuses more on tabletop-gaming, such as Dungeons and Dragons.

And we’ve got our entire trip planned down to a “T.”

Meet at Mars Cheese Castle in Kenosha, WI, drive in an eight-car convoy the four or so hours to Indianapolis, shove 10 people into one hotel room and attend an endless array of events, costume contests, play-tests, seminars and, of course, games - all fueled by cheap food truck BBQ wings and three hours of sleep a night!

But one thing was different this year: Verizon allowed me to bring along an LG G Pad for the trip. I’ll admit having that small, yet powerful, tablet with me actually made the trip quite a breeze!

The tablet came equipped with a mobile hotspot that I used to access the 4G LTE network and play World of Warcraft (WoW) on my computer in the backseat of my friend’s packed car. I was surprised that I never once lost a signal through Illinois and into Indianapolis. And while WoW tends to be a game that sucks up a lot of bandwidth, it felt like I was at home on my couch playing like normal.

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Once at the Con, I downloaded the Gen Con app and organized my activities on the app while walking around taking pictures of the other cosplay enthusiasts. As a cosplayer, I enjoyed how portable the tablet was and how it easily fit into the purse attached to my costume and didn’t detract from the authenticity of my outfit.

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I kept the tablet with me throughout the entire Con – it was even useful while I was playing Magic the Gathering late at night in the Card Hall. I simply downloaded the SCG app and set the tablet down next to me during tournaments with my friends. I could easily see my score and standings on the large HD display, and the battery life held out even during the longest of sleepless gaming nights.

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Most of all, the tablet took some truly awesome photos of my time at Gen Con. With it being only four days a year, I always end up taking tons of photos that I can look back on during the rest of the year and reflect on the memories. The photos turned out so crystal clear that I feel like I’m right back there on the Convention floor! Here’s just a glimpse.

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