So things have been monumentally busy over here at HMX, which may explain why I haven't posted a new Rock Blog in almost a month. We've been working double time to get the word out about Rock Band 2 and the recent crush of DLC (at an average of 7 tracks per week for the last three months!) and unfortunately my blogging duties have fallen by the wayside.
But even HMX employees get a reprieve every once in a while, and our company clam bake this past Friday came at just the right time. After a crazy week of flying out to LA for 12 hours, burning the midnight oil to crank out the first issue of our Community Zine Newsletter, and solo staffing a Rock Band event for the women of Best Buy I know I definitely needed a break.
On Friday morning nearly all 270+ employees at Harmonix hopped on a chartered boat and took a trip out to George's Island in Boston Harbor. The island had a huge fort (which was used as a humane prison for Confederate soldiers captured during the Civil War!) and loads of picnic / recreation areas. While we waited for the seafood to cook, HMX employees busied themselves with everything from frisbee, to kite flying, to cricket.
For many of us it was the first real day of relaxation in months. Some departments have been in near perpetual crunch, so it was a great opportunity for all of us to get together and do something really awesome with each other. Now, the Monday morning after the clam bake, I think we're all a little bit more bright eyed and bushy tailed. With a renewed constitution and an untroubled mind, I'm ready to dive into the hazards of PAX next week. But the PAX recap will have to wait for another Rock Blog.
I'll be sure to post more regularly from now on. Keep on the lookout for reports on a Rock Band night hosted at the Coolidge Corner theater where we played an RB2 demo on the main screen, my whirlwind LA trip where I ended up on national TV AND got to eat In-N-Out bugers for the first time, and my time doing hardware playtesting with the talented individuals in Earth, Wind & Centaurrrrrr!!!!