There is a room in the Hilton that is often misunderstood. This room is in the basement and is often filled with 40 year-old virgins. The room that I speak of is the game room. This room gets such a bad rap and I am going to try and dispell some of it here. The room is rather large and filled with tables for gaming. The game room is open 24-7 through out the con. The room is kept quite chilly and that is for one reason and one reason alone....it stinks.
The people who go into this room often are not seen again until after con. Many of them do not leave to shower, eat or sleep. There are piles upon piles of empty pizza boxes strewn across all areas of the room. Trash cans are continually full and the poor Hilton staff always looks a little scared down there. People say that the smell comes from the gamers never leaving and never bathing. While that might indeed be true, it is not completely accurate. They keep this room pretty cool to help with the smell but we should not blame the gamers entirely.
The basement of the Hilton also houses Trader Vic's a restaurant that has a Mai Tai that will put you on your bum pretty quickly. For some reason their exhaust seems to blast straight into the gaming room. It is TERRIBLE. I have been in this room before the con has even begun, and it smells really badly. REALLY BADLY. So, while some of the stink might be a gamer or two, the very large part of it is the restaurant. Please be kind to the gamers and stop in and play Munchkin, Cards Against Humanity or whatever is your pleasure. It is great fun especially if you do not feel like sleeping.
p.s Gaming has become so popular they have had to break it out into several different categories of gaming and they have spread out so they are not in the basement any longer.
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