No, not really. People didn’t die, nobody was suffering. The 2up Gamers phenomenon has just spread like wildfire and all gamers are keen to attend these events. The third event, aptly called “The 3rd Encounter” took place on the 20th of January 2012. Friends of Design were also gracious enough to offer their venue for the event once again. These gatherings usually take place on the first Friday of each month but an exception was made, due to the presence of a special guest.
Many attendees arrived early to get seats before the wave of other gamers arrived. Man, were they smart. When things got underway, quite a few people were standing in the back. Needless to say, word is getting out and the 2up Gamers community is growing…fast!
After the welcome by the 2up Team, the founder and owner of Friends of Design, Eva Csernyanszky welcomed all in attendance and also told everyone what they were all about. In addition to that, Eva spoke about the Game Design course that they are offering; which is the first of its kind in South Africa. After hours courses will also be available for those who have full-time jobs. I think that these are Friends you really want to keep an eye on (see what I did there?).
Next to take the stage was Andrew Royal, the communications manager at TAKEALOT. Mr. Royal’s constant theme throughout his presentation was about “what gamers want”. He backed this up by giving away Mass Effect 3 N7 Collector’s Editions to 3 lucky attendees. The best part is that they get it on a platform of their choice and get a Mass Effect 3 T-shirt for bragging purposes for when they’re in public. As you can guess, there were many envious gamers in the room, myself included. Royal also informed everyone about their current competition in which the winner will get 1 game each month for 12 months. Yes, that’s 12 games in total. All you need to do is sign up for their Gaming Newsletter before the 31st of January at www.takealot.com .
The special guest of the evening was Brad Pidgeon, the social Media and community manager for EA Asia Pacific, Japan and South Africa. Brad started off by showing a trailer for their upcoming game, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. He atated in his presentation that: “This is what Fable should have been”. He’s able to say this due to the fact that he worked at Microsoft for eight years prior to working at EA. He explained EA’s plan to listen to both the good and bad from their community and grow from the suggestions. It may sound like all talk but if Pidgeon is planning many return visits, there may be some hope.
The room then lit up when Pidgeon showed us a trailer of Mass Effect 3. Needless to say, there were a lot of BioWare and Commander Shepard fans in the house. Also, not wanting to be outdone by Royal’s N7 giveaways, Pidgeon intends to send an EA hamper for the next 2up Gamers event on the 2nd of March. Ooh, ooh, pick me, pick me! Pidgeon is also keen to see some local events like game tournaments happening with the best players competing with each other in games such as FIFA.
To end his presentation, Pidgeon showed gamers the latest trailer for The Sims 3: Showtime Expansion Pack, featuring Katy Perry. Many a gamer was offering applause after the trailer; not at all shy of their love for The Sims.
Bianca Mcfadyen and Ralph Spinks from EA South Africa were also present at the event and mixed with the gamers in attendance. El33tonline made the trip once again, but this time in the form of Lisa Konigkramer and Oliver Snyders. They handed out some goodies once again. Don’t you just love their generosity? Shortly after the talks, people went off and socialised, played games and had some yummy pizza, which arrived shortly after. The food also didn’t last long after the mountain of Pizza was attacked… These were some really hungry people.
All in all, the event was great. New friends were made and loads of laughs were had. These events just keep growing and growing; it’s clear to see why. See you all on the 2nd of March!