On the morning of September 23rd 2009, a group of people gathered in a cold grey street in central London, where they were ushered onto a coach. After fighting through London traffic, they arrived at The Raceway, London Docklands, with only one purpose in mind, to race go-karts! …and to play Forza Motorsport 3.
After everyone had made their way through into the reception area, we were presented with drinks and legalities. Once that was all over, the lucky participants and I were led into the main conference room and ushered to our seats. At the front of the room stood a wide screen TV. Once everyone was seated an in depth presentation of Forza Motorsport 3 began. The presentation was hosted by Dan Greenawalt, game director of Forza Motorsport 3, Turn 10, and Natacha Gachnang, professional Formula 2 race driver and the face of Forza 3. Following the presentation was a Q&A session.
After this, everyone was given the opportunity to have something to eat and play the game for a couple of hours. A lot of driving took place…
Anyone who wants to know about the game will have to wait for our review which should be surfacing around October 8th.
Once we were all gamed out (or dragged kicking and screaming from the consoles) we were taken into the briefing room were the Raceway team gave a talk on go-karting, along with explaining all of the safety procedures. They explained the flag system which is used to convey instructions or guidance to the racers as they speed around the indoor track.
We then were given a tour of the indoor track and allowed to choose our helmets, put on our leathers and split into teams of two. I had a feeling that this was not going to go well, compounded by the fact that, due to my small stature, I had to be given a booster seat in order to reach the pedals.
The racing began with one member of each team hurtling around the track, whilst their team mate waited at the pits. Go-karting is quite physically draining, so after a while the other team mate would be required to jump in and take over. Not all of the teams were able to complete the race; at least one team had to drop out due to the ill health of a member.
Once the racing was complete, the winners were shown to the podium where they were encouraged to sing the national anthem, which they did with more enthusiasm than accuracy, and trophies were handed out.
We enjoyed a few drinks with each other and then returned to the coach. Thus ended GirlGamersUK’s outing with Forza Motorsport 3. What a day!