CGBC 2010 WRAP UP
Well the Computer Games Boot Camp 2010 has come to an end for another year and so we take this time to reflect and get some much needed sleep. Previously I spoke about what I thought CGBC 2010 would bring and what I said was a gross understatement. It was far better than what anyone could have predicted. I attended this year’s event and I must say it is one of the biggest gaming events in Australia.
Andrew Owen the creator of CGBC strived to make this year better than the last with great success. The room had more Xbox’s than you could poke a stick at, a grand total of three PS3 consoles, a whole bunch of computers in a LAN together and even a couple of pinball machines. There were games representing all genres from the popular FPS with Halo and Call of Duty to Racing games like Forza Motorsport 3 and even strategy games with Starcraft.
Game tournaments ran throughout the week and OzBoxLive was at the heart of the action running tournaments with some of the most popular games like BLUR and Sonic Sega All Stars Racing along with some of the lesser known titles like Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. OzBoxLive also held their very own game night with great success. They had 4v4 Halo, COD and Gears of War 2 along with Alan Wake, Assassins Creed 2, X-men Origins: Wolverine, DJ Hero, Super Street Fighter IV , Beautiful Katamari and many other of the best titles. It was an awesome night celebrating all things Xbox with 100+ of our mates. Everyone there had a great time just playing games and celebrating the awesomeness of the Xbox 360.
Besides gaming CGBC is also about the games industry and during the day there were speakers from all aspects. From Damian Scott of Primal Clarity giving his perspective as an independent games developer to Brian Chau from Adobe talking about how easy it is to program in flash, even our very own Mark Libman took to the stage and spoke about how easy it is to get into games journalism and where it can take you.
The people who attended this year are some of the nicest, friendliest and caring people you will ever meet. I reckon Australian gamers are the best gamers on the planet and I don’t mean skill wise (though we are pretty awesome) I mean the Australian gaming culture has grown to be accepting of who you are as a person not by how you play (however there are times when the two intertwine such is the case with noob-tubers) and it means that anyone can come along and just have fun. Also because everyone is there for the same reason you can talk about gaming in great detail for hours and nobody gets bored.
This week is one of the top events of the year and I highly recommend that people sign up for CGBC 2011. You can check out the CGBC website HERE.