Introducing a new Game Trucker
Posted on September 15, 2015
Hi fellow Game Truckers!
My name is Simon Mawson, and I have recently been given an amazing opportunity, but before I get too excited let me tell you a little about myself.
To sum me up in a sentence I’m a gamer by heart, chef by trade, student by choice. My gaming career started in the 90s: I was five and the Super Nintendo was in everyone’s living room. Eventually I got interested in what my older brother was playing with his friends: Halo on the original Xbox. For me (like everyone else), Halo 2 was a beginning to a new era in entertainment. To this day there is nothing I love more than getting three of my best friends around to sit down in the living room and playing some good old fashion split screen action. Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Halo, and Golden Eye are all fantastic ‘couch co-op’ games.
‘Couch coop’ is a phrase we don’t hear much anymore: what does that even mean to today’s generation?! Well for me and my friends it was an activity that forged lifetime friendships. Today’s gamers have such amazing access to networking over the internet that it seems the good old days of getting all your mates in one room for a game have sadly departed! That’s a shame: personally the social aspect of gaming (especially the face-to-face version) is what makes it so special, and so challenging. For years I have wondered if it will come back as some kind of retrospective hipster trend, and we can only hope maybe sometime soon it will.
That is why when Chad approached me to work with him in the Game Truck I was overjoyed! I was pretty impressed when I first stepped foot in that space, clad with leather bench seats, streamline glass cabinet, carpeted floor, not to mention the four 50” screens and consoles to match. I had the sudden feeling of nostalgia, I was taken back instantly to my living room, although the Game Truck looks way cooler than my living room ever did. As I sat down the concept washed over me; this guy has taken the best parts of retro gaming’s social interaction, stirred through the technology of today, garnished it with a little arcade and presented it in a way that the modern gamer can appreciate. Not only can I and three of my mates play halo on one couch, I can have 15 of my friends in the same room playing the same game. Who has that many friends anyway! (Someone with a Game Truck party lined up, I guess.) This was something I wanted to be a part of, so my answer to Chad without hesitation was YES of course!
I had my first experience as a professional Game Truck coach last weekend, and I have to say it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I thought with sixteen ten year olds running amuck in there it would be manic, but to my surprise it was anything but. The kids loved it, they respect the rules, and they enjoyed the games. They were so over whelmed that they just sat there and played, chatting amongst themselves, laughing and jumping up with joy when they reached a goal before their friends. It took me a few hours to realise they might not have experienced this before. This amazingly social concept has transformed the way these kids (and their parents) think about gaming, not just as an anti-social activity strung out through the copper wires of the internet, delivered to dark bed rooms and basements, but something more…
Hopefully someday soon with the help of the Game Truck, ‘couch coop’ will once again forge friendships for years to come and inspire the next generation of gamers to be the best they can be.
This has been Simon, with Confessions of a GameTrucker… See you in the truck!
As well as chefing on the weekends and studying Computer Science during the week, Simon runs his own gaming channel on YouTube – check it out and subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/DrdlokdSp4rtn