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Event Coverage

A HardwareZone Special: PlayTest May 2009

By Vincent Chang - 22 May 2009

Engage, Educate, Entertain - PlayTest May 2009

Engage, Educate, Entertain

These three words sum up our objectives for PlayTest, which sees the editorial teams at HardwareZone.com, HWM and GameAxis coming together to interact with our community. Opening our doors and extending our tech expertise to the community once again, the latest edition of PlayTest came with a renewed focus on giving participants opportunities to play with the latest gadgets. At the same time, our editorial staff was on hand to impart valuable tips and advice on a range of topics. This time, the venue was at our new office at Genting Lane, SPH Media Center.

Building on feedback from previous participants, this edition of PlayTest saw a more structured approach with an overarching theme of photography and videography and various activities for participants to complete and learn during the process. Participants were issued with a report card containing the various activities they had to complete and were given liberty to choose which ones to participate first. Tutorial cheat sheets were handed out so that even novices had a guide to follow and understand.

The stage is set, the doors are open, as we await the start of this edition of PlayTest.

More hands-on activities were planned for this PlayTest, hence the need for these activity sheets. Each participant received a free 2GB microSD card that can be used for these activities.

Here were the lucky draw prizes up for grabs, including the top prize of an Olympus DSLR, the E-450. Compared to previous PlayTest events, the loot this round was definitely a notch better.

With a theme revolving around photography and videography, PlayTest #3 was also given a catchy name - the Cam Life Experience. As such, the main highlight and focus of this PlayTest was on a diorama that took up a large portion at the center of the hall. With toys and other photographic models, including a race track for Tamiya model cars in this diorama, our team aimed to teach certain photography and videography basics with its aid.

The focus of this PlayTest is on photography and videography and naturally, the highlight of the event is this diorama that's set up in the middle of the venue. Consisting of a variety of objects, from toys to a Tamiya track complete with fast moving model cars, there are different scenarios to test the budding photographer.

For those who were unable to join us for PlayTest, you have missed quite an interesting and lively session but don't fret, here are some highlights that our video team captured. Click on the video to head to YouTube for the HD version if you have high bandwidth:-