Forza 4 Launch Event at the Zen Garage
I thought I’d break from my usual panda-hating and game-rating (yeah I can rhyme) to tell you guys about a little press event I got an invite to a couple weeks ago.
I say “a little press event” to distract from the fact that this one of the first (and potentially only) press events I’ve ever attended, and to be honest it was all pretty…
Set up in one of the coolest workplaces I’ve ever seen (part auto-garage, part stylised office, part ping pong table – ok maybe that was just the ping pong table) over at the Zen Garage in Leichardt (Sydney) this definitely wasn’t your average “ok I’m here to ask some polite questions and then get shown the best 30 seconds of gameplay you could find” sort of deal.
My first impression was somewhere between a warehouse party and a midnight game launch. I mean there was beer, there were snacks – and most importantly, there was Forza 4 ready to be played by anyone there (of which there were about 20 of us).
But you didn’t just play Forza 4, you experienced it. I say that not to be lame but because the guys over at Xtreme Sim Gear pimped the place out – imagine a racing Arcade machine without the machine, as in pedals, gearstick, racing chair, the works. It was awesome.
Or so I assume, because due to my freakish lack of driving ability (I’m not talking games, I’m talking in real life – I somehow missed the whole “get a real drivers license” deal, I was probably distracted playing Crazy Taxi). Luckily I brought along the irascible Henry “Foreplay” Forman as my driving expert, who did GamePlayer proud by winning the record of “longest incomplete lap” on the night.
Mr. Forman, I salute you.
All in all it was a great night, with special thanks to the Zen Garage for hosting and the EMI network for facilitating my invite. I can’t wait to get a review of Forza 4 up (probably sometime next week).
Also special thanks to Xtreme Sim Gear, not only for providing some awesome tech for the event but also giving me a chance to try out an unbelievable Ducky keyboard (one of the best keyboards available in Asia). I don’t know if my cheap little Asus laptop really does it credit, but it’s beautiful blue neons definitely lit up the office so to speak.
Here’s a video from the night (thanks to Kim Tith), hopefully events like this will become more common in Australia.
P.S. Check the awesome shot of me and Henry playing ping pong, because that's how we roll.