DIARY: Agency resorts to hostage taking for game launch

National stereotypes were confirmed last week as Bastion staged a commando survival day for European computer games hacks on a disused RAF base in Hampshire.

National stereotypes were confirmed last week as Bastion staged a

commando survival day for European computer games hacks on a disused RAF

base in Hampshire.



The aim was to promote SWAT 3 to gaming reporters in the consumer

press.



The freebie was attended by over 30 journalists from Germany, Italy,

France, Denmark, Holland and the UK. After a night in a Basingstoke

hotel, the reporters were taken to the site in a bus, only to see their

vehicle hijacked by eight SAS men in balaclavas.



When the war games proper started, familiar national characteristics

emerged. ’The German media seemed to enjoy shooting their hostages,’

Bastion director Ciaran Brennan says, ’while the Italians kept switching

sides before surrendering with no complaints. The Danish were eventually

overrun, despite early defiance, and the Irish, including me, tried to

remain neutral.’



A day of hostage reclaim sessions, VIP protection courses, and classes

on how to storm buildings - using live flares and firecrackers - ended

in the late afternoon with the relieved scribblers heading back to

Heathrow, guaranteed safe passage this time.



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