My Video of the Premiere is here.
Arrive at the airport, I think I see outrigger boy but I'm not sure its him. We both get a text at the same time from the Sony guys so I guess it is.
We meet the Sony team and the rest of the group turn up including Gamespot and journalists from a range of media including IGN, Playstation Magazine etc. Plus the RE3 Writer (Jon Paquette).
The flight is pretty good, we get to Alice Springs and move to the Sanctuary. A camp where we form into two survivor type teams, even with the Survivor tv show coloured bandannas.
I get made team leader for some reason of the Thorny Devils and we get started on the activities. We learn how to dress a snake wound, throw boomerangs and wooden poles at fake kangeroos. Plus a weird boat thing where we carry a canoe in a 4 person team in a race which I was sure I was going to fall over.
The final challenge to see which team would win was the Dampa making contest, both team leaders had to make the best Dampar (bread). I lost, making it a even disappointing tie between the teams. (Everyones a Winner!)
Time to head to the bar and play the game for the night, We were also shown a baby kangaroo with the only other kangaroo I saw was not moving on the side of the road.
We were also shown the moon through a telescope and were given a star tour with a lazer pointer. I remember Scorpio being easy to see.
Sleep time, we set up our swags (kinda big sleeping bags) under the stars and it was surprisingly comfy with no bugs eating my exposed face as I was worried about.
In the morning we moved to a new camp that was originally a film set before the funding got pulled. Things started to look alot like Red Dead Redemption.
We then moved to our next activity which was Quad Bikes! It was awesome tearing up the desert mad max $tyle in my leather jacket. We only had one crash in our group, (two if you count outrigger boy heading into the barbed wire fence).
We headed back and I was looking forward to a shower after the sandy fun. Unfortunately the boy cabin shower had a huge window facing the path to the cabin covered only by a very thin lace curtain.
Lucky no one walked by during the shower but it was kinda awkward.
Dinner time and once again it was delicious, we were treated to salmon, steak, kangaroo. Not really roughing it was I?
The group was great to talk to, everyone was friendly and funny especially over the open bar with my old JD and Coke. I shared some hypothetical's everyone seemed to enjoyed including:
1 week in prison or 2 years community service?,
Alien or Man job?,
Zombie apocalypse or Nuclear fallout?
Lose you're hands or feet?
I also got to talk to Jon Pacquette about the Game and living in America and other random stuff. He was a pleasure to talk to and was even unaware guns are illegal here,
In the morning we were greeted by a surprise Helicopter trip back to the airport.
I also got Jon Pacquette to sign my Game and Poster I lucky enough to receive in a guest bag.
We headed home while I lugged my Goodies including a huge poster through customs and just having enough room for it in the overhead compartment.
Thanks again to Sony and Gamespot for the amazing trip!