After Casual Connect Asia, “WILL: A Wonderful World” was selected again for Casual Connect USA this year. So I have the opportunity to visit the United States for the first time in life.
The round-trip flight from China to the US was expensive in this season . In order to save hundreds of dollars, I transferred in Manila. The airport in Manila is very small, I shocked when I saw the boarding gate is Gate 1. All selling food counters are cash only but no ATM machines could be found there. Luckily I only need to stay there for 5 hours, or I might starve to death…
继Casual Connect Singpapore之后，《WILL：美好世界》又一次入选今年的系列活动——Casual Connect USA。于是，笔者有幸借着这次机会，在人生中首次访问美国。
这个季节从中国到美国的往返机票超级贵，为了省下几千块钱，我选择了在马尼拉中转的菲律宾航空，不得不说马尼拉的机场真的超级小，先不说看到机票上登机口的信息是Gate 1时我就惊呆了，更过分的是登机口所有卖食物的柜台都是Cash Only但却没有可以取钱的ATM机，幸亏转机只有5个小时，否则真的只能饿死在那里，或者PY交易了。
在美国西部当地时间晚八点，PR105载着因为毯子很薄冷气很冷而快要被冻死的我，终于抵达了旧金山。以为进了到达大厅后，我会像《北京遇上西雅图》里的汤唯那样伸开双手大喊“美国！我来了！”然而实际上我做的第一件事是：打开Google Play，下载Pokemon Go。
I arrived in San Francisco at 8 p.m. (local time in the western United States). I thought I would shout aloud “America! I’m here! ” just like what Jiajia Wen did in Anchoring in Seattle. But actually what I do was opening Google Play, and downloading Pokemon Go.
不得不说Pokemon Go在美国真的超级火，火到在电视上评论类的节目里一半的内容是关于大选，另一半就是关于Pokemon Go。
Pokemon Go is extremely popular in US. Every talk show on TV only have two topics: president election, and Pokemon Go.
Golden Gate Bridge, which I only saw in Marvel films and many disaster films about US, is quite magnificent. SF was colder than expected. We wondered whether we could find some Gyarados here, but we only found Magikarp, and Magikarp, and …… Magikarp.
在CC Singapore的时候，我们住在六人至八人间的青年旅馆，万万没想到这次在USA我们的住宿升级到了人均2k+的Marriott Marquis，和举办会议的是同一个地方，感谢为参会者升级住宿条件的赞助商三星。和我同住的是一个来自乌克兰的美女Yarna，对我就是故意拍的这么黑！
At CC Asia, we lived in a hostel so this time I never expected we could live in a hotel like Marriott Marquis. Thank the sponsor Samsung. I shared a room with a beautiful girl named Yana from Ukraine.
Since we have the experience in Singapore, everything went well this time. One laptop for trailer, the other for playing. We also prepared some gifts for people who played our game.
Coincidentally, Zack(left) and James(right) who helped Zack with art work were showing their game “SIGNAL DECAY” on the table next to ours.
在新加坡的展会上我们见到很多来自台湾和新加坡的开发团队，这次因为路途遥远，没有能再次看到他们的身影。但是很偶然的，我遇到了《GoatPunks》的开发者Antonio Alberto Santiago，并惊讶地发现，他的游戏也在去年去过东京电玩展的Indie Area，并且今年还会再去，我们同时感慨到World is small。《GoatPunks》是一个比赛谁能在山顶站得更久，玩起来很爽的多人陷害游戏。
We met with a lot of teams from Taiwan last time in Singapore, but since US is so far, I didn’t see them this time. However, I met Antonio Alberto Santiago, and his game “Goat Punks”. I was surprised that “Goat Punks” went to Tokyo Game Show 2015 last year and would go this year too. We didn’t met last year, but we surely could meet at Tokyo Game Show 2016! The World is really small. “Goat Punks” is a fast-paced, action game that lets you challenge goats to battle from the online challengers tower.
At the same table, I found a game called “Elsinore”. “Elsinore” is a time-looping adventure game set in the world of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It combines strong social simulation elements, a dynamic story that reacts immediately to player decisions, and a world full of diverse characters with secrets to uncover. I like this one very much and Connor Fallon who develops “Elsinore” also love the idea of my game. We both found a target player for our game. XD Hope “Elsinore” could finally release in China and has a Chinese version. Good Luck!
We had gorgeous buffet at Singapore last time, but this time we have fruits, potato chips and sandwiches. Potato chips? I think this is culture difference.
第二天，我尝试了一个看起来很休闲，但实际相当烧脑的解谜游戏《Steam Panic》。而它的作者Kirill Zolovkin是一位来自俄罗斯的非常逗非常自High的开发者！
On the second day, I tried a game which looked quite casual but actually difficult game, called “Steam Panic”. And the guy developed this game is Kirill Zolovkin, he is from Russia, and a really interesting person!
Can you recognize him?
Luckily I met with Ding Ye at SF this time. He brought “Zombie Rollerz”. Since I forgot to take a picture with him, this one was picked from another event. XD
Oleg Pridiuk from King was excited to know that I used to be a game engine developer, so he gave me this shirt as a gift. Thanks, Oleg!
On the last day, everyone were relaxed and started to play games developed by other people:
Coincidentally, on the third day I met a well-known Twitch streamer INDIE. Why is it a coincidence? Because INDIE and I streamed “WILL: A Wonderful World” together in Singapore. The last time I saw him, he was only in a small window on the screen , with very long hair. That is why I didn’t recognize him immediately. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures again. T-T
Happy three-day show was finally ended with Indie Prize ceremony. Many awards were obtained by casual games. I was a little disappointed because my favorite “WILL: A Wonderful World” and “Elsinore” did not get the awards. Narrative games are really very slow type.
Happy to meet many friends here, and see you next time!
Since the development progress is extremely nervous, sighting seeing was not in my schedule in this travel.
In the morning of the fourth day, I found this at the SF airport:
All of them looks interesting so it was really hard to make a decision.
Finally, I only bought some snacks.
Of course I didn’t forget to catch pokemon at the airport:
Next time, we will catch pokemons on September, at the Tokyo Game Show 2016!