I've been working in the computer game industry since 1994. Every spring there's the annual gathering, the [Computer] Game Developer's Conference (http://www.gdconf.com). I usually go, scamming a free pass from my friends who have connections in high places, but I always feel like I get almost nothing out of it. I'm not much of a meet-and-greeter due to introversion, and the lectures rarely seem to offer any actual useful insights. So I went down for one day to meet with a bunch of friends/acquaintances, then came back and finally got some sleep after that amazing and still-yet-to-be-written-about weekend.