I couldn't thank the volunteer organizers Tim and Barbera enough. They are really wonderful people. It was very apparent how important the event and the volunteer program is to them. I also had great roommates (thanks guys!).
So what was different? Maybe it was me, but everyone was much more friendly, and open about talking about they do, what I do, and how we are moving forward in the industry as a whole. My favorite parts of the event: The Ultima Online panel, a very cozy expo floor, Team Blizzard and Death Metal Pizza, Being boycotted by Steve, Toasting Goodbye at GingerMan, and Jynga at Recess Barcade.
I'll miss you GDC Online.