Gamescom 2011 Day 1

August 20, 2011

This week I’ve been mostly offline because we were in Cologne, Germany at Gamescom 2011 – an enormous exhibition of all the new computer games and gadgets for the coming year.

We were invited because of being XBox Family Ambassadors for the Play Smart Play Safe campaign, which aims to provide parents with the info and tools they need to ensure a fun and safe gaming experience for the whole family.

In No 1 Son’s eyes, it was quite simply the coolest invitation we’ve ever had.

After flying into Cologne on Monday and enjoying lunch on the river, dinner in a traditional German beer hall and copious cocktails in the hotel bar *cough*, on Tuesday we were up nice and early ready to hit the XBox Play Day – which is where all the press (and bloggers) get to try out lots of the new games. For gamers, it’s like being kids in a candy store. Or in the case of our kids, kids in a candy store.

The dizzying array of games on display included Gunslinger, Kinect Sports, Disneyland Adventures, Forza 4, the new Halo, and Gears of War 3.

My personal favourite though was Dance Central 2, because it felt like a proper workout – great for those who love dancing, and those with *ahem* no natural rhythm whatsoever.

Here’s No 1 Son and Englishmum’s eldest son trying to dance…

…and here’s me and Englishmum shaking our tail feathers. Or something.

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  • Kat August 20, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I am trying rather hard to hide my jealousy. Looks like you had a lovely time.

  • English Mum August 20, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Oh lordy. I always thought I had a bit of rhythm too! I agree about the workout though, I ached the next day! (and not just my head) xx

  • notsupermum August 20, 2011 at 9:29 am

    It was fun to watch you shaking your thang Liz!