Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published July 8th 2013
Great for Parties
The Gamers' Bus tours to different events.
Last weekend I was at the London Film and Comic Convention; while looking around, I saw a black double decker bus at the top of the hall. There were high definition television screens all around the surrounding area with people playing games, watching films, and queuing up to get inside.
A pokemon trainer that dances like a jedi.
I joined a crowd outside the bus, where two people were dancing in front of one of the screens. They were playing an Xbox Kinect Star Wars game. This is the first time I have ever seen Xbox Kinect in action; it is truly quite amazing. The character on screen copies all your movements without the need for a remote control.
There were other games being played as well, such as a two-player fighting game, and Guitar Hero. As well as the games, One television was showing Despicable Me in 3D (the glasses were provided).
Gaming in the dark.
There were more Xbox games inside the bus. On the first level, there were three different first person shooters, which were all played in the dark, and on the top level, one of the bus employees was setting up a live gaming experience called Fraggers, in which several different consoles were connected, and we all got put into teams. I was in the blue team, and the aim was to shoot as many people on the red team as possible to score points. I managed to shoot two people, but got shot about a dozen times. Fortunately, I always re-spawned, and despite my ineptitude, the blue team still won.
While I was waiting for my turn, the guy working there explained to me what they were all about. Gamers' Bus is a new pop-up company that started in July. They plan to attend to events all around the UK, and LFCC was their first. For £100 an hour you can hire the bus for parties, co-operate team building events, and product launches. You can also hire them for children's parties at just £50 an hour. Although it might sound expensive, the bus has room for up to forty-four gamers at a time, which means you can entertain a of people all at once.
My main concern was the fact that almost the games were first person shooters, which means people who aren't interested in shooting the hell out of everything don't really get much out of the experience. Also, I was disappointed that only Xbox consoles were available, as it is a system I hate.
The guy reassured me that in the future they would have more choice (this was their first event after all), and that if you are hiring for a party, you can request whatever console or games that you want.
If you love gaming, you can book them by calling 0845 2996028. You can also keep an eye out on their website (not yet open) for any future events they might be at, so you can get a free taster.
Thanks for your comments, we do indeed go beyond just consoles, as one of the founders my first love is PC gaming ;)
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