January 29, 2010 // 10:32 am
- SCEE's Social Media Manager Jem Alexander
has posted a video today on the European PlayStation Blog covering the round up of their recent MAG256 PS3 review event.
To quote: As you may have witnessed
our MAG256 review event last week was a resounding success.
If you were among the one hundred and twenty eight players who fought so valiantly against each other – and the developers in the US – then I wanted to personally thank you all very much for coming. We hope you had a great time and look forward to hearing all your thoughts of the experience in the comments below.
For those of you who weren't able to make it, however, we've put together a little video and some photos to give you a feel of what it was like to attend. Extra points are awarded for those who manage to spot themselves in the video.
As you can see, the main attraction of the event was the 256 structure, which housed the 128 PS3s equipped with retail copies of MAG. Even when empty this was a pretty impressive set up, but it really gained a sense of gravitas when fully manned. Especially with the Voice Of MAG (who wasn't lacking a sense of gravitas himself!) making some very loud announcements over the tannoy.
While I personally didn't take part in the game (they probably wouldn't have won if I had), I did spend a lot of time in the Blogger's Lounge, which overlooked the combat arena, and took full advantage of the Twitter wall.
This pulled in tweets tagged with the #MAG256
hashtag and displayed them on the wall, next to the spectator cam feed, above the combat arena.
Speaking as an ex-games journalist, I can definitely say that this event had one of the buzziest vibes I've felt from a group of industry vets outside of E3, gamescom or TGS.
It also helped that people seemed to really enjoy the game itself and we're already seeing some healthy review scores popping up around the net. The nature of the game means it's been a hard one to review before launch, but it looks like several outlets found our review event up to task.