3 years of awesome video game parties for kids in Adelaide

Posted on August 14, 2017

Well that went quickly! It seems like only yesterday I was contacting friends and family and telling them I was planning to start a business as Adelaide’s first mobile video game arcade, and then getting finance and designing the truck and buying the ute… all of a sudden it’s three years later and we are still rolling, and still delivering the ‘best party ever!’ to kids of all ages around Adelaide.

It’s a good time to take stock and express some sincere gratitude for the response we’ve had. Although I haven’t counted the actual number of parties, the workhorse Game Truck generator recently posted one thousand hours of operation, meaning that many hours of amazing gaming experiences inside the truck. The business has had so much amazing support from friends and customers who have lavished compliments on us (check out our Facebook reviews!) and passed on our details to others – word of mouth really is essential in a market like Adelaide.

 

Simon has been rocking the Game Truck for years and is always a huge hit at parties

Simon has been rocking the Game Truck for years and is always a huge hit at parties

I am also extremely lucky to have had support from the best employee friends one could hope for – Simon, Tom and Nick have all done an amazing job. Running Game Truck parties is not an easy job. As anyone who has run a kid’s party knows, the host is such a crucial presence: they need to be calm and patient but also have clear boundaries and place an absolute priority on safety first and positive fun a close second. I couldn’t have done it without these guys supporting me all the way.

Game Truck Australia has also been very lucky to have been called in to some incredible events: from the Tour Down Under to Oz Comic-Con Adelaide to Mark Davis Basketball Camps to Forks in the Road and innumerable community and youth events, our welcome in the event scene in Adelaide has been very gratifying. I have also had the amazing opportunity to be involved the The Australian STEM Video Game Challenge and this looks set to continue this year. This gives us an opportunity to get our philosophy of positive, prosocial gameplay out there to a wider audience which is just a huge honour.

Tom brings a background in education, a love of play and actual parental experience to the Game Truck

Tom brings a background in education, a love of play and actual parental experience to the Game Truck

Finally, running this blog has been a great outlet for me and the guys to get our message our there and talk about some of our favourite gaming topics through over 85 blog posts. I had some fun talking about what I learned from playing Fallout 4 as Sterling Archer; Simon reviewed the latest entry in his favourite video game franchise ever, Halo 5; and Tom discussed livestreams and his current favourite, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds. However, perhaps the most rewarding and popular kind of post is in the ‘Ask a Gamer’ series, which is comprised of 11 posts so far which answer some of the most common questions I hear from parents about video games and game culture. This has been an incredible opportunity to help bridge some of the gaps that I see between parents and their gaming kids, so keep the questions coming!

A much younger and less wise Chad, but very happy at the first Game Truck party three years ago

A much younger and less wise Chad, but very happy at the first Game Truck party three years ago

As always, if you have any questions about parties or how it all works, please don’t hesitate to call me on 0433 318 001 or email chad@gametruckaustralia.com.au, and pass on the word!

All up it’s been an incredible three years, and thanks so much to everyone who has helped to make it possible. Here’s to another 3!

– Chad


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