World Tour

Another old post, just never got around to posting this until now.  Almost a year ago now, I was able to travel all over the place to promote the launch of the last game that I finished, Gears of War: Judgment.  I had a lot of fun going to see cool places and meet with the press and fans to talk about the game.

It all started in February with a trip to the Super Bowl!  If you know how much I love football, then you know how much I enjoyed this one.  We were showing the game at an event during the Super Bowl, and some friends at Microsoft were able to secure tickets to the game which was really awesome.  The Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers despite a stadium blackout due to a faulty power transformer or something.  I even came home with a broken shoulder that required some surgery.

After that I was off to Mexico City, one of my favorite countries.  I ate all the tacos, which are quite excellent and came home with a few bottles of Tequila.  I spent three straight days doing interviews with press from all over South America.

After Mexico, I was off to Austin, TX for SXSW.  We did a panel for fans in attendance which was fun, Kumail Nanjiani made a special appearance because he did some funny videos with the game on the site Funny or Die.

I wasn't nearly done with my travel yet.  Then I was off the Tokyo, Japan.  A place I have always wanted to visit but never had the opportunity.  I was even able to take Sarah along with me on this trip.  While I spent 3 days doing interviews with Japanese media, Sarah got out and explored the city.  I then had one day at the end of the trip to go site seeing with her.  On recommendations from the locals, we visited a small sea side town, called Kamakura.  It was a really cool place, we saw a really old Buddhist temple (Kotoku-in) and Shinto shrine (Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu).  Then we hightailed it by train across the city and spent a few hours at Tokyo Disneyland, which was really interesting.  The place was packed with teenagers, it must be the thing to do for local teenagers after school.  It was a pretty awesome trip, I will never forget the toilets, those things were awesome.

At Kotoku-in

This was a crazy little Hawaiian coffee shop

Sarah sporting some Otaku (nerd) glasses

At Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu

The monorail at Tokyo Disneyland
We weren't quite done yet, we still had a trip to Seattle to do an Live broadcast over XBox LIVE.  That was a neat experience, I had a stylist who went shopping for me, a bunch of rehearsals and then a Live TV event.  I have no idea how many people watched but it was cool.

It was a lot of travel, but I got to go to some great places, and even visit a new place that I had always wanted to see.


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