XONZ 2015 in pictures: A mini, mini E3, of sorts

Last Thursday, I was kindly flown to Auckland (a city in New Zealand in the North Island) by Xbox NZ to check out XONZ, an Xbox One-dedicated showcase of upcoming games and some hardware for the Xbox One console.

The event was open to invitees today but I attended the media day on Thursday.

While there weren’t a huge number of games on display, it was a nice, intimate event where I got to show how badly I suck at Halo MP (there were a couple of rounds of one of Halo 5 Guardian’s 24-player MP modes), I got to play through a level of the soon-to-be released Rise of the Tomb Raider, ate some popcorn chicken and some Mac ‘n cheese balls and then chat with Chris Bishop (Forza 6), Kevin Franklin (Halo 5 MP) and Mike Brinker (Crystal Dynamics/Rise of the Tomb Raider).

My interviews will be up when I’ve transcribed my interviews (I’m still yet to decide whether I just publish the audio of the interviews as is, with all the noise and stuff, or transcribe them and write a story from each one. If you have a preference, let me know in the comments)

I thought, though, to tide you over until I get the interviews posted/written up, I’d post some photos I took from the event. Caveat: The photos were taken with my smartphone (an HTC One M8) and it the venue was mood-lit (translation: It was dark with lots of Xbox green) so they’re not that great but I hope they capture the event nicely.

Disclaimer: A big thanks to Xbox NZ, which flew me from Christchurch to Auckland to attend the event. I paid for my bus fare from the Airport to the city and back again, though.  I was too cheap to pay for a taxi to get me there. 

Sharp looking: The hands belong to Xbox NZ chief Steve Blackburn and he's holding the new Elite controller. It's highly customisable and in high demand, even before it's launched.
Sharp looking: The hands belong to Xbox NZ chief Steve Blackburn and he’s holding the new Elite controller. It’s highly customisable and in high demand, even before it’s launched.
Lego Dimensions
Lego Dimensions
Vault Boy: This fine chap was guarding a presentation from Bethsda for Fallout 4.
Vault Boy: This fine chap was guarding a presentation from Bethsda for Fallout 4.
Bird's eye view: The main area at XONZ was where the Halo 5 Guardian's MP matches took place.
Bird’s eye view: The main area at XONZ was where the Halo 5 Guardian’s MP matches took place.
XONZ: Bathed in Xbox green, XONZ showcased upcoming Xbox One games.
XONZ: Bathed in Xbox green, XONZ showcased upcoming Xbox One games.

2 thoughts on “XONZ 2015 in pictures: A mini, mini E3, of sorts

    1. That’s what I’m angling towards, too. Although it will be a lot more work, so might take a little longer to post, I think I’ll get better stories from that than posting the direct audio. Thanks for commenting.

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