I spend most of my work day in front of a computer or a TV screen with a console hooked up to it, so I tend to forget how much real life events impact my job. Then a volcano erupted the week before Earth Day.
The April 14 eruption of a volcano on the Eyjafjalla glacier in Eyjafjallajokul, Iceland last week didn't immediately impact the video games industry (it's not like Eve Online developer CCP was in the path of a lava flow), however, by Friday we here at GamePro were made aware of its effects.
A thick cloud of airplane-exploding volcanic ash led to hundreds of grounded flights to and from Europe all weekend. Many flights are still delayed until later this week and beyond. The travel complications left our features editor Patrick Shaw here instead of in Europe for a super-secret game reveal; and now I'm told that Polish developer People Can Fly (ironic much?) is stranded in Europe so they're pushing back a Bulletstorm preview event that was scheduled for this Friday.
Bummer. The silver lining, though, is that we can all blame the dead period between the Game Developers Conference and E3 on the volcano this year.