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Orlando Blog Reader’s Meet-up Recap (plus a little something for those who couldn’t make it)

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar + Posted by Jeff Rubenstein on Sep 29, 2008 // Sr. Social Media Manager

When we started planning our Orlando blog readers’ meet-up, I can’t say that I set the bar that high. 30 people would be stunning. After all, our previous meet-ups took place alongside industry events such as PAX and E3; we had a built-in audience. Last Friday in Orlando was just that: a Friday in Orlando.

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And yet last Friday we held our biggest, most fun, and best event ever. Over 150 Floridians turned out (many driving from far-off locations such as Tampa and Gainesville) to partake in WipEout HD, LittleBigPlanet beta, Buzz! Quiz TV and BBQ. It was great to get to talk with so many of you, many of whom expressed thanks for coming all the way out there.

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Gamers testing out Wipeout HD

My favorite story of the night came from the gentleman (pictured below), who bet his friend $5 that he wouldn’t win anything, “because he never does.” This, of course, is right before he won a copy of Buzz PS3.

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Actually, everyone was a winner, as we surprised attendees with LittleBigPlanet beta codes, prompting the biggest cheers of the night.

Thanks again to everyone who attended, and especially to Matt and Sean who took so many great pics with their fancy SLR cameras. Oh, and to the Orlando Sentinel, PS3 Fanboy, and other bloggers who wrote about the event.

Uber-extra-special thanks to the fine folks at Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy/UCF, for proving such gracious hosts in an awesome venue. Thanks Todd, Rich, and JR.

Just so you know, we’ll be back in Central Florida (in a somewhat different capacity) in just a couple of weeks during the PlayStation Pro.

Oh, and we’ve got a few extra LBP codes for those who couldn’t make it. The first 50 people to email us at playstationblogorlando@gmail.com will receive an LBP beta key by the end of the day (Pacific time!).

UPDATE: All winners have been identified, and will be receiving their codes shortly (some of you have them already). So, um, that’s good on the emails! Thanks!

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+ depward on September 29th, 2008 at 3:02 pm said:

Email sent!


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+ Delriach on September 29th, 2008 at 3:03 pm said:

sent.


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+ FritoZ on September 29th, 2008 at 3:03 pm said:

wish i could be there, and email sent!

thanks jeff, i really appreciate this!

:)


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+ TRIX_BOL on September 29th, 2008 at 3:03 pm said:

Where can i get a LBP beta code?


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+ Aaron on September 29th, 2008 at 3:03 pm said:

E-mail sent! :)


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+ darkwonders on September 29th, 2008 at 3:03 pm said:

sent! I really hope i get it!


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+ ftwrthtx on September 29th, 2008 at 3:03 pm said:

Cool deal with the LBP codes, but why only 50?

Thanks for the info


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+ stewey on September 29th, 2008 at 3:04 pm said:

Email sent! Hopefully I get lucky!


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+ RichterNYR35 on September 29th, 2008 at 3:04 pm said:

Thanks For the info, email sent!


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+ omnkypnts on September 29th, 2008 at 3:05 pm said:

50 is better than nothing. I hope I get one.


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+ umlaut on September 29th, 2008 at 3:05 pm said:

Sent!


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+ TRIX_BOL on September 29th, 2008 at 3:06 pm said:

I sent the e-mail.


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+ yeahboy333 on September 29th, 2008 at 3:06 pm said:

Sent email also please god let me in to the gates of videogame heaven!!!


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+ falkai on September 29th, 2008 at 3:08 pm said:

email sent


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+ shotist on September 29th, 2008 at 3:09 pm said:

sent a email around 3:05 hope i get in.


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+ BigVic on September 29th, 2008 at 3:09 pm said:

Same here I hope I get one.


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+ XxBigP123xX on September 29th, 2008 at 3:10 pm said:

I sent the email but it spit me back a error message….meh.


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+ bwhitlat on September 29th, 2008 at 3:10 pm said:

I sent an email, please I hope I get one. Thank you sony for giving us the chance none the less! You’re the best! LBP rules, sony too!


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+ dapper on September 29th, 2008 at 3:10 pm said:

Email sent!


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+ Jeff Rubenstein on September 29th, 2008 at 3:10 pm said:

OK, we’ve just hit 100!!! That took no time at all! :-)

I’ll start sending out the emails momentarily.


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+ ital_dj on September 29th, 2008 at 3:10 pm said:

Wow that’s a downer :( Hopefully I got it just in time though!


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+ Kamahl on September 29th, 2008 at 3:11 pm said:

i sent an email but i was 8 minutes late, i hope i can still get it…


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+ t3rm1n4t0rx on September 29th, 2008 at 3:11 pm said:

need this :)


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+ mono123 on September 29th, 2008 at 3:11 pm said:

DAMN I HOPE I MADE IT


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+ Delriach on September 29th, 2008 at 3:11 pm said:

>_> You’re quite the multitasker to be playing Burnout while posting on the blog!


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    + Jeff Rubenstein on September 29th, 2008 at 3:12 pm said:

    I know, right? Just got a trophy, too.


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+ MeltTech on September 29th, 2008 at 3:12 pm said:

Let’s see who spams their inbox and admits it.


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+ yeahboy333 on September 29th, 2008 at 3:12 pm said:

ha I love how they hit 100 emails in like 10 minutes lol


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+ hostes on September 29th, 2008 at 3:13 pm said:

hi jeff. what is your psn id? i really would like to add you.

greetings.


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+ raydenxxx on September 29th, 2008 at 3:13 pm said:

Email sent!!!
raydenxxx@gmail.com

thank you


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+ Predator_ on September 29th, 2008 at 3:13 pm said:

Sent a few min ago!


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+ PyroJack on September 29th, 2008 at 3:14 pm said:

I sent an email, but I doubt I’ll get a code. With my luck I most likely missed it by one email.


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+ EddyxMob on September 29th, 2008 at 3:14 pm said:

Burnout and Blog at that same time lol Nice wonder what game will be next? haha

I was about to go since I live like an Hour away but I didn’t have a ride T_T

Hope to catch you guys next time around.


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+ lifeRPGs on September 29th, 2008 at 3:14 pm said:

Come on. please make it the first 100 emails! 50 is too little!


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+ gat305 on September 29th, 2008 at 3:14 pm said:

damnit im tired of this!!! i keep missing LBP betas and no home beta invite this is crap… people have lives and cant be always around when things like this happen! i sent and email out but obviously late WHAT THE HELL MAN!


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+ HorizonShadow on September 29th, 2008 at 3:14 pm said:

wow, bet you guys are at like, 200 by now.. =p sent it anyway


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    + Jeff Rubenstein on September 29th, 2008 at 3:27 pm said:

    Actually 854, crazy.


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+ kentomaiku on September 29th, 2008 at 3:14 pm said:

did all the keys gave away?


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+ MeltTech on September 29th, 2008 at 3:15 pm said:

Watch me get a reply from gmail…and I ended up spelling platsyationblagorlondo.com or something?


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+ Kamahl on September 29th, 2008 at 3:15 pm said:

awww… for some reason i think i didnt make it, i was reading the whole thread and this only had 3 comments, i refreshed the site and i saw 17 >.<


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+ Money1 on September 29th, 2008 at 3:15 pm said:

…too late…sucks man…well I will attend next met up, I need to talk someone from sony about a dream i have of a business


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+ canguy69 on September 29th, 2008 at 3:15 pm said:

This is harder than getting approved for a mortgage.


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+ TheHakku on September 29th, 2008 at 3:15 pm said:

Damn, that was too fast. :/

Oh well. Finally got 100% on Burnout trophies today. Weird that my platinum rang up before I got my last trophy. Will work on 102%+101% in-game later.


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+ DG on September 29th, 2008 at 3:15 pm said:

Too late!


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+ Ac3theone on September 29th, 2008 at 3:16 pm said:

sent


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+ yeahboy333 on September 29th, 2008 at 3:16 pm said:

Was I one of the ones who got one?

If I did I’ll be screaming but if not then I’m giving up all hope in getting in the beta :(


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+ tyboogie on September 29th, 2008 at 3:17 pm said:

hope its not too late


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+ E-CAPITAL on September 29th, 2008 at 3:17 pm said:

Let me know Jeff, thanks for the opportunity. By the way, what trophy did yo get for Burnout?


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+ wpuig02 on September 29th, 2008 at 3:17 pm said:

i want beta


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+ HorizonShadow on September 29th, 2008 at 3:17 pm said:

lol, i haven’t logged into my e-mail that fast ever =p.

GRATS TO THE RECEIVERS! and 1up is giving out a bunch today, so go crash their site =]


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+ warlim on September 29th, 2008 at 3:18 pm said:

I sent it !!!


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+ huked on foniks on September 29th, 2008 at 3:18 pm said:

hey off topic, but who are you Sony guys voting for?

Obama, McCain, or other?


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