Oz Comic-Con: Wrap
Posted on May 11, 2015
A couple of weeks ago I had the biggest opportunity yet: I was invited to represent 2K Games at Oz Comic-Con in Adelaide, on the 18th and 19th of April. Oz Comic-Con is one of the ultimate pop culture events on the Adelaide calendar, and it was a genuine honour to be able to bring the Game Truck Australia experience to so many people at the event.
The reason this was so exciting was that a major publisher had seen the potential for the Game Truck to represent their games that they wanted to get out into the public eye. In this case, 2K wanted to show off NBA 2K15 and WWE 2K15. Understandably, they wanted the very best version of the games to be presented, so this was an opportunity to upgrade the consoles in the Truck to Xbox Ones, ensuring that players could have the full next-gen experience.
The weekend itself was a blast: overall we had 274 unique visits through the truck (which is a record), and based on a quick feedback survey, 99% of them had ‘awesome fun’ or ‘good fun’ during their gameplay. The single-screen multiplayer experience worked really well, sometimes with small groups who came together or sometimes with strangers who had never met before but connected over a game or two. For some players these games were new but since they are pretty accessible we were able to teach them the basic controls so they could get into having some fun straight away. Others were familiar with the game and it was like settling in with a new friend, while yet others had not experienced them in their new-generation incarnations.
On the Friday night I was lucky enough to host an Opening Party in collaboration with Austin & Austin (see video). This was a huge amount of fun and allowed people to have a few relaxed games in between drinks or board games in the bar. It’s a good model for an evening of more mature fun with games that are not quite appropriate for younger players, and a collaboration with one of the best bars in Adelaide.
All up, the whole weekend of Oz Comic-Con was a fantastic opportunity to get out into a major pop culture event and share some epic gaming with keen players. Looking forward to more of the same!
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