TDU Report: Awesome!
Posted on February 2, 2015
So lots of people are asking me how the Santos Tour Down Under went so I thought I’d just let you all know. In short, it was an amazing experience. The scale and scope of the event caused some pre-event jitters, but it all came off very smoothly with record numbers of players going through the Game Truck.
The Game Truck was present at two of the key days at the Tour Down Under: Friday, the 23rd of January, BUPA Stage Four, Mount Barker, and the Family Day at Elder Park on Sunday, January 25th. Both days were hugely popular and it was great to see the Game Truck in amongst such activity.
In terms of raw numbers, the truck saw more players pass through than it ever has before. On the Friday we had 102 unique visits, while Sunday saw 157 unique visits. Of course some of these were eager gamers coming back for more! Overall, we had the truck at capacity, just passing layers through every fifteen minutes, for 3.5 hours on Friday, and 5.5 hours on Sunday – this was fantastic demand given the other activities that are around on those days.
One of the greatest things about these days was the support shown by Microsoft, who provided four Xbox Ones for the event along with games and controllers. This allowed us to showcase Minecraft for the Xbox One – players familiar with the PC or 360 versions were very impressed with the scale and potential in the game worlds, and especially with the texture packs available. There were occasional opportunities to show off Forza 5, but this is better for older players more familiar with simulator-style racing games, so it doesn’t have the accessibility or ease of play of many ideal Game Truck games.
All up, the chance to join in on the action at the Santos Tour Down Under this year was absolutely fantastic, and I’m certainly looking for more opportunities to be involved in public events like it. It’s just great to be a part of this amazing Adelaide!