A hundred and fifty years ago that was the name for the event of being carried off to Shanghai, but instead of salty South Seas pirates abducting me, I'm doing it in style thanks to the fine people at Japan Airlines.
I did 3 short days in Sydney out of the Ubisoft office there, doing a theatre presentation to press, community and some buyers, then hopped up to the Gold Coast (the only picture I got) to do a stage demo (plus a few demos on the floor) at the EB Games retailer show there. Ben Mattes (Producer on PoP) and I each did a short presentation in a big theatre there for all the store managers. I was on right after Cliff Blezinski demoed Gears 2. Didn't have long to chat with him, I guess he is flying around all over the world just like we are.
Once again, people in Australia seemed pretty floored by the game, and while we were there our first Australian review hit the news stands - it was also our first 10/10, from PC Power Play Magazine. Sweet.
The Ubi Australia crew took good care of us and Sydney is a beautiful city, and while I didn't get to see a lot of it I really liked what I did see. It's clean, the air is fresh, the people are friendly, and the food was really good. I did get to see the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Opera House, but only at night, and I didn't get any pictures. No time to hit Bondi Beach (LP made it down there one morning when he couldn't sleep though).
Anyway, I'm in Shanghai now... wanted to get my Aussie trip blogged before I throw up pix and stories from here... we have the weekend off, and we've just spent all day wandering the city.
It's nuts. More to come.