GameCrunch 2016 was quite the gathering, offering casual and hardcore gamers alike a casual venue to enjoy some games and ring in the weekend. The Microsoft Store in New York City hosted the event for CalixTech News, offering a plethora of Xbox One and Xbox 360 for the guests to jam on. The titles on deck were the Halo: Master Chief Collection, Mortal Kombat XL and Ultra Street Fighter 4. Many of the gamers in attendance walked away with a lot of great gear, including gaming headsets and performance mouse pads from event sponsor SteelSeries.
With a legion of portable HD gaming enclosures, the Microsoft Store rolled out a legion of Xbox One systems for the event, each one paired with a SteelSeries Siberia 200 gaming headset. Though the event was loud with the sound of gaming, along with the geekiest of gamers having live debates with phone camera hovering around, players were kept in the zone with the amazing sound quality of the headsets. Given that audio was integral to the Xbox One gaming experience, having these headsets we’re key. At future GameCrunch events, players and patrons can expect to see even more immersion and interaction with the games and consoles on deck.
Though Street Fighter V is currently stealing the spotlight as the premier fighter out today, the players at GameCrunch we’re giving the tried-and-true USF4 one more go before retiring the game entirely. Even the store employees were getting in on the action, taking a few breaks from their posts to come up and throw down with all of the guests. Trash was talked, close wins were had and overall, a fun experienced was shared by everyone who came up to have some fun.Not to mention the game was hosted on a massive screen on the 2nd floor of the store, stealing the show.
The media covering the event also participated as well, often huddled around the 55” Microsoft 4K display like a bunch of friends playing Halo 2 on a weekend afternoon. Thought it was a Friday, we were all grown men and it was the HD version, the fun factor could not have been higher. The Halo series are games that are just plain fun to play when you’re on split-screen, a rare commodity in shooters that are released in the current time. Halo was selected for GameCrunch because it really captures the essence of what it means to okay games with your best friends and great company.
In short, GameCrunch delivered, and it was an ideal event for the Microsoft Store. After all, as the Xbox motto states: “It’s good to play together.”