Kinect Sports Day, aka Rare Community Day 2010, has been and gone. Good times were had and the atmosphere was spot on from start to finish. We’re keen to get some imagery out there to show you what went down, so here’s a quick timeline of the day with illustrative photography…
9.00: First staffers turn up to finish whatever jobs still need finishing. Game bays are fully set up while balloons, signage and artwork are installed with a rapid efficiency that would give Rapid Robot a run for his money.
11.00: Most visitors have turned up, now joined by the coach party. Pictures are duly taken of our swanky Reception exhibits.
11.15: Mike does his intro talk in the restaurant, followed by a live demo of Track & Field and Bowling courtesy of Ben along with volunteers from the Rare staff and guests.
11.45: Down the other end of the building to the gameplay area for cheeky hands-on time. Six bays dedicated to a sport each, plus three ‘floating’ bays.
12.45: Grub up! All back down to the restaurant for gratuitous feeding. Mini burgers! Chicken skewers! Wraps! Mini fish and chips! Mars bar cakes!
1.30: Our Party Play tournament kicks off in force, with eight teams split into two groups of four. Rare staffers are on hand to keep score. Celebrity guest appearance by Head of Music Robin Beanland.
3.00: The restaurant plays host to the final between Team 4 and Team 7. Team 4 triumph, only to be told they will now face the might of the All-Star Team comprised of menacing Rare developers.
3.30: Break for cake! One-of-a-kind Kinect Sports Day cake is delivered by Rapid Robot for all to share before the final showdown… in which the All-Star Team prove far too competitive to let the sparky contenders win. No shortage of effort on display though.
4.00: People take a few final pictures, shake hands, swap contact details and begin to disperse via car or coach. Pretty sure nobody walked here today.
5.00: Play bays decommissioned, signs down, majority of Rare staff end up at the pub. Job done!
(Almost all pics c/o Rare camera ninja Dale Murchie)