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UK Video Game Journos Recall Their Favorite West Coast Junkets

Nothing like an anonymous survey of British video game journalists to highlight how the industry has greased palms on the way to overtaking Hollywood’s movie industry.

Lucy Carter of MCV magazine solicited responses from more than four dozen leading industry chroniclers. FishbowlLA’s favorite question, “What’s the best ‘jolly’ you’ve ever been on?”, revealed helicopter flights down into the bowels of the Grand Canyon and above Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Brentwood compound, requisite stints at the Playboy Mansion, and this golden itinerary:

“My trip to Los Angeles in the run-up to Modern Warfare 2’s launch in 2009 still stands out as my favorite… Having Activision splash the cash on VIP tickets to Universal Studios and dinner at one of the most expensive restaurants in town is an experience I’ll never forget. After all, you’ve not been on the Jurassic Park ride until you’ve been on it with Jon Blyth and half of Zoo magazine.”

All in all, life is good when your job involves getting flown from London to San Francisco for a five-day stay that requires only one afternoon spent playing Scarface at George Lucas‘ Skywalker Ranch.

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