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Prototype 2 launch parties spread the Infection

Johannesburg:
The city of Johannesburg seemed calm that night; however, little did it know that a virus had been spreading amongst the population at a rapid rate, this virus was called the Mercer virus… Upon arrival, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Rosebank Johannesburg, I came into contact with others who seemed keen to spread the infection with me. The plan for the widespread infection was easy enough and it came in the form of Prototype 2, which I might add; had already hit the city of Cape Town at the same time thanks to the team at 2upGamers. With one goal in mind, we all congregated in one of the conference halls to be briefed of the current contamination statistics.

Jarrod Lane from JHBGamers kicked off the event formalities; however, he had already been struck down by the Mercer virus, but he pushed on to provide a sensational introduction to what promised to be great evening filled with Monster Energy drinks, Boerewors rolls and a hands on experience with Prototype 2, thanks to the team at Megarom Games and Maingaming South Africa. After Lane’s initial introduction, Devon Stanton from Megarom Games introduced us to some of the major highlights of Prototype 2, as well as a rather interesting teaser trailer of Diablo III, which made everyone’s excitement levels hit a major high point for the evening.

Once the formalities were out the way, many of the attendees rushed off to socialise, play Prototype 2 and consume as many Monster Energy drinks as humanly possible. If that was not enough, Jarrod Lane and Devon Stanton gave away quite a few Prototype 2 t-shirts and also held a lucky draw, which saw two attendees at the event walk away with a copy of Prototype 2 each.

Overall, the Johannesburg event was a massive success and left a lot of the attendees glowing, which could have been the result of all those Monster Energy drinks, or the fact that they just experienced a really fantastic evening… I think it was quite honestly a little of both.

Cape Town:
Thunder, lightning and pouring rain; all this was not enough to stop gamers from leaving the comfort of their homes to attend the Cape Town launch party for Prototype 2, organised by the guys from 2upGamers. The air was a little icy upon my arrival at the Rygersdal Sports Club in Rondebosch and the crowd of early arrivals was a small one. Did I take a wrong turn somewhere? Was I at the wrong event? Turns out it was neither; it seems as if the weather had made everyone’s journey just a little bit longer.

After a little while, everyone was invited inside and processed at the security checkpoint. Thankfully, I made it past the guards and was ready to spread the Mercer Virus even further. After nearly all of the attendees had grabbed a seat, we were welcomed by Glenn Alexander from the 2upGamers Team. After this warm welcome, the team attempted to make contact with the launch party taking place in Johannesburg, organised by JHBGamers. Unfortunately, we were not able to make contact with them, despite the constant trying. Before allowing those in attendance to go and play Prototype 2, Mr. Alexander decided to give out a few T-shirts to those who could answer questions correctly. Now that’s how you start off the evening!

Three Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles were set up so that many gamers could have a crack at the game at the same time. Man, did they run to those consoles! I swear that I saw one gamer actually standing with a controller in his hand for most of the night. I don’t even think that he had something to eat.

After a little while, food arrived in the form of Hotdogs, New York City Style. The beverage of choice for the evening was Monster Energy Drinks; if nobody was infected upon entering the building, they definitely were after having a sip from that can, with a sugar rush that is.

There were also a few cosplayers who showed up for the event. One gamer was dressed up as a soldier in full military gear while another was outfitted like the anti-hero of the first Prototype game, Alex Mercer, complete with blade-arm. Also, I’m pretty sure that I saw someone dressed as Goku or Gohan from the anime series, Dragonball Z. However, there could be only one attendee who could win the prize of having the best outfit. That prize went to the gamer outfitted like Alex Mercer. You may be asking, “What prize did he get for his effort?” Well, he was lucky enough to receive the Prototype 2 Blackwatch Collector’s Edition. How awesome is that?

All in all, it was a great event. Lot’s of socialising took place and many laughs were had throughout the evening. Everyone in attendance was even lucky enough to receive in-game DLC for Prototype 2, courtesy of Megarom at both events. The end of the evening also had many gamers excited as the 2upGamers 5th Round would be taking place on May 4th, not too long to wait until the next get-together.

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Operation: Ghost Recon Future Soldier launch event

PRIMARY MISSION OBJECTIVE: INFILTRATE MILITARY STRONGHOLD LOCATED AT CAFE CULTURE IN FOURWAYS JHB. FURTHERMORE, GATHER INTEL ON FUTURISTIC SPEC MILITARY TECHNOLOGY AND RENDEZVOUS AT LZ DESIGNATED ALPHA CHARLIE FOR EXTRACTION.

SECONDARY MISSION OBJECTIVE: CONFISCATE MILITARY HARDWARE, LOCATED AT THE CAFE CULTURE, FOR FURTHER ASSESSMENT AT ITF HQ.

MISSION REPORT: THE ITF SQUAD DESIGNATED ROMEO FIVE ARRIVED AT THE DMZ AT APPROX. 1930 HRS AND PROCEEDED STEALTHILY TO THE DESIGNATED TARGET BUILDING. UPON APPROACHING THE BUILDING, ROMEO LEADER PROCEEDED TO BREACH THE FACILITY USING A WELL PLACED BREACHING CHARGE. ROMEO LEADER THEN ORDERED THE SQUAD MATES, DESIGNATED ROMEO CHARLIE AND ROMEO ZULU, TO ENTER THE COMPOUND AND ASSESS THE ACTIVITY INSIDE.

THE SQUAD FOUND INSIDE A GATHERING OF AGENTS BEING ADDRESSED BY A MAN IDENTIFIED AS GENERAL DEVON STANTON OF THE MILITARY SOFTWARE DIVISION CALLED MEGAROM. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE NEFARIOUS LEADER OF THE LOCAL TERRORIST CELL ONLY IDENTIFIED BY THE DESIGNATION JHBGAMERS, A MAN ONLY REFERRED TO BY THE CODE – NOODLEZA, ALTHOUGH SOME SOURCES HAVE ALLUDED TO HIM ACTUALLY BEING A CERTAIN JARROD LANE, WHO IS WANTED IN SEVERAL COUNTRIES FOR THE CRIMES OF WEAPONS SMUGGLING, EVENT CO-ORDINATION, RALLYING TROOPS FOR INTEL OPS, AND THROWING ORDINANCE INTO UNREACHABLE PLACES.

WITH OUR INCREDIBLY STEALTHY CAMOUFLAGE, WE BLENDED IN PERFECTLY WITH OUR SURROUNDINGS AS WE PROCEEDED TO ASSESS THE BRIEFING THAT THE AGENTS WERE RECEIVING VIA THE OVERHEAD PROJECTOR AND INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN BY GENERAL STANTON.

WE LEARNED THAT THE MILITARY TECHNOLOGY IN DEVELOPMENT BY MILITARY MANUFACTURER, DESIGNATED UBISOFT, FAR SURPASSED OUR OWN. SOME OF THE TECHNOLOGY HIGHLIGHTED IN THE BRIEFING INCLUDED SENSORY GRENADES, WHICH WHEN THROWN INTO AN OTHERWISE UNVIEWABLE AREA WILL REVEAL THE ENEMY LOCATION, EVEN THROUGH SOLID OBJECTS, AND THE SOLDIER MAY THEN FIRE THROUGH THESE SOLID OBJECTS TO ELIMINATE THE ENEMY. HOWEVER, THIS IS ONLY TRUE WHEN IT COMES TO CERTAIN SOLID OBJECTS AS WELL AS THE DENSITY OF SAID SOLID OBJECT.

WE ALSO LEARNED OF PRECISE MILITARY TACTICS EMPLOYED BY THESE SO-CALLED “GHOSTS”, WHICH WE CAN ONLY REVEAL AS A DIVISION OF THE ENEMY’S FORCES. THESE GHOSTS ARE APPARENTLY SO ADEPT IN THEIR SKILLS AND TACTICS THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO ELIMINATE SEVERAL ENEMIES WITHIN THE SPACE OF A FEW SECONDS.

ANOTHER PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY HIGHLIGHTED IN THE BRIEFING WAS THE CAMOUFLAGE TECHNOLOGY EMPLOYED BY THE GHOSTS. WE SUDDENLY FELT VERY INADEQUATE IN OUR CAMOUFLAGE AND GILLY SUITS, AS THE CAMOUFLAGE TECHNOLOGY ILLUSTRATED IN THE DEMONSTRATION LITERALLY RENDERED THE GHOSTS INVISIBLE TO THE HUMAN EYE.

GENERAL STANTON ALSO DEMONSTRATED THE PROFICIENCY IN MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, SIMPLY REFERRED TO AS “KINECT“, WHICH WE SUSPECT MIGHT BE CODE FOR SOME SORT OF NEW VIRTUAL TRAINING TECHNOLOGY TO INCREASE THE EDGE OF THEIR SOLDIERS IN THE FIELD. SOMETHING CALLED GUNSMITH, MILITARY SOFTWARE TO AID SOLDIERS ON THE SHOOTING RANGE, WAS DEMONSTRATED ON THIS KINECT DEVICE AND SHOWED NOT ONLY THE ACTUAL SHOOTING OF TARGETS, BUT ALSO THE ASSEMBLY AND DISASSEMBLY OF WEAPONS, WHICH WAS FURTHER ENHANCED UPON, BY THE ABILITY TO CUSTOMISE YOUR WEAPONS PIECE BY PIECE.

AT THIS POINT NOODLEZA, USING SOME SORT OF STEALTH DETECTION TECHNOLOGY, MANAGED TO CAPTURE ROMEO LEADER AND ROMEO CHARLIE AND HAD THEM BROUGHT TO HIS HQ OVERLOOKING THE MASSES. THERE THEY WERE QUESTIONED, BUT SURPRISINGLY NOT HARMED. INSTEAD, THEY WERE GIVEN MILITARY CODES WHICH COULD BE USED TO DOWNLOAD SOME OF THIS FUTURE TECHNOLOGY FOR THEMSELVES.

ROMEO LEADER AND ROMEO CHARLIE WERE THEN RELEASED AND GENERAL STANTON THEN PROCEEDED WITH THE BRIEFING BY SHOWING THE AGENTS A PREVIEW OF YET MORE TECHNOLOGY, WHICH IS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE AT AN UNANNOUNCED TIME.

WHEN THIS WAS OVER THE AGENTS IN ATTENDANCE ALONG WITH ROMEO FIVE WERE THEN ALLOWED TO EXPERIENCE THIS NEW MILITARY TECHNOLOGY FOR THEMSELVES AND FOUND IT TO BE QUITE A STEP FORWARD IN THE ENDLESS MILITARY RACE. THERE WERE MULTIPLE VIRTUAL TRAINING CONSOLES AVAILABLE FOR THE AGENTS TO PERUSE THROUGHOUT THE FACILITY. ROMEO LEADER EVEN TRIED OUT THE KINECT SIMULATOR WITH THE GUNSMITH TRAINING MODULE.

WE MET WITH SEVERAL OF THE AGENTS AND COLLABORATORS WITHIN THE JHBGAMERS AND MEGAROM CELL AND CONSUMED SOME OF THE RATIONS AND DRINKS PROVIDED, AFTER WHICH WE WERE THEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO YET AGAIN GAIN MORE MILITARY TECHNOLOGY AS PROVIDED BY MEGAROM.

SEVERAL ITEMS WERE DISTRIBUTED AMONGST THE AGENTS AND ROMEO LEADER MANAGED TO GET HIS HANDS ON SOME OF THE MORE IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGY WHICH WILL BE BROUGHT BACK TO HQ FOR FURTHER ASSESSMENT.

WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT JHBGAMERS OR MEGAROMS MOTIVES ARE, BUT I THINK UPON FURTHER ASSESSMENT OF THE INTEL AND TECHNOLOGY GAINED AT THIS TOP SECRET CONFERENCE, WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO ASCERTAIN WHAT THEIR PLANS ARE SO WE CAN MOVE ON TO PHASE TWO OF OUR MISSION.

WE HAVE INCLUDED SEVERAL SURVEILLANCE SHOTS WHICH WERE TAKEN DURING THE MISSION FOR YOUR PERUSAL.

***END OF TRANSMISSION***