Ah, Blizzcon. Sweet, endearing, Blizzcon.
The primary reason why I am not going, and frankly have no inclination to go, is the ticket prices. Granted, that can be overcome by someone who has a steady job and some money saved up. That, in it of itself, is not a problem. The problem is that some of us are still looking for jobs and our best bet is to apply for as many as humanly possible and hope that one sticks.
Some would say that the amount for tickets aren't that big a deal. Sure, by themselves, no. But for those who don't have the luxury of living near Anaheim, you have to include travel fare, consumables, and hotel stay. As someone who is notoriously bad with his money, I can safely say that it adds up a *lot* faster than you think.
If it weren't bad enough that your asking price for tickets is only going upwards in an economy going down, but the entire experience for those that would like to go just to see what the hubub is about only seems to be available for Horde players.
I have been told, by multiple individuals, that if you have the unmitigated gall to admit that you prefer the Alliance over the Horde, you will be treated with hostility. I'm just waiting for the occasion when some unsuspecting person gets bumrushed and beaten up by a group of teenage boys, and beaten savagely, all the while, said teenagers scream, "FUR DAH HORDE!!!111".
It's an ironic thing that Blizzard has brought upon themselves. Since Warcraft 3, they have always paraded how awesome the Horde was, at the expense of the Alliance, and now it's starting to go into areas they would have rather not, on a professional basis.
So, let's recap:
The Blizzcon experience is expensive, Alliance unfriendly, and there's no guarantee that you'll even have the chance to do what you'd like there.
Don't get me wrong, I would like to go to Blizzcon and see the sights, it's just not written in the cards for me and frankly, I'm not too broken up about it.