Waiter, There’s a Grenede in my Martini

WAITER, THERE’S A GRENADE IN
MY MARTINI:

THE DELTA FORCE BLACKHAWK
DOWN LAUNCH PARTY

By

Eduardo
Zacarias

 

 

July 28, 2005
– Westwood, California – The W Hotel in Westwood was the hotspot to be on the
cool Thursday evening and it was the perfect atmosphere to check out Novalogic’s
new release, Delta Force: Blackhawk Down.  The launch party for the game
based on the volatile conflict in Somalia in the early 1990s was held in the
hotel’s dimly lit Whiskey Blue bar but the place was alive with the sounds of
music and gunfire as the game was being previewed on six giant plasma screens on
both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

 


 

On hand were
FHM models dancing on the bar’s countertop to the thumping sounds of a DJ mixing
it up while cocktail servers, dressed in skimpy militaristic gear served
military-themed drinks.  Grenades, for example, are really sour apple martinis
while a Hum-V is a tequila sunrise.  On the outdoor lounge a former Miss
California was showing off her unique talent of ice sculpting incredible
detailed shapes (she had sculpted an actual Blackhawk helicopter complete with
propellers) using a chainsaw. 

 


 

As the
evening rolled on an MC introduced a local-based band called The 88 (the band’s
music heard on shows like The OC and One Tree Hill) and they
kicked things off with some mellow pop tunes on the small stage inside.  The
band played a short set and came back later to play a few more songs for the
crowds that cheered for them to play on.

 


 

The star of
the show, however, was the game itself.  While the single player game was on
display, the game’s main attraction is its massive multiplayer game mode that
promised up to fifty players on the screen.  The game also features vehicles,
which range from Hum-Vs to Blackhawk helicopters.

 

“Can you
imagine the possibilities online,” partygoer Andrea Rice said.  “It’s going to
be a massive playground with players flying helicopters while another player
man’s the gun turret onboard.”

 

Delta
Force: Blackhawk Down
is available
in stores now.