July 31, 2005
Newegg Lanfest 2K5 ftw !!!1!!1

I went to the Newegg Lanfest yesterday at the Pasadena Convention Center. It was mainlining PC gaming direct to the brain, and not for the faint of heart. BTW, the acronym 'ftw' stands for the gaming term 'for the win', denoting something that leads to success.

There were three main parts of the Lanfest. First was the trade show of probably 20+ vendors of high level PC hardware. There are some truly impressive monitors out there if you are willing to part with the cash. The high end LCD screens are truly fantastic. The vendors helped contribute to the gooie bag given away to each attendee. Full of swag, and even including a t-shirt, the goodie bag was instantly put to use by the gamers.

Second was the Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) area, where you can bring your gaming rig from home and match it your skills against others in the room. At the Lanfest, there was room for over 400 BYOC computers. When I sat down at 4PM on Saturday, it was hard to find an empty seat.

The third major part was the tournaments. Newegg was giving away over $70,000 in cash and hardware to the winners. The tourneys were run on the hardware provided by Newegg to ensure that everyone had a level playing field when it came to the computers and made sure that skill was the deciding factor.

People are damn serious about these tourneys. Teams compete in most of the tourneys and they had practiced a lot for this. I heard several heated discussions aobut performance by teams that were sitting next to me in the BYOC area.

The tourneys even had their own play-by-play provided by Inside the Game. To a gamer like me, this is just as compelling as any other sport on TV.

Turning to my experience, I had a good time, but the next Lanfest I go to, I'd like to go with friends. I did talk to many people, but it would have been nice to have a few buddies around to eat with and watch my gear when I wandered around.

I arrived at around 4PM and setup my computer. The Lanfest goes all night, so I told Michele I didn't know when I'd be home. I started gaming with Call of Duty, just to see what it was like. It was pretty much like playing on a public server, with uber-chaos in Deathmatch.

After about a half hour, I moved over to Battlefield 2 and had a good time. People were using a little voice communications, but for the most part it felt like a very speedy public server with minimal coordination. The lack of coordination could be frustrating if the other team got a hold of most of the aircraft and rained down destruction.

In the evening, Newegg brought in pizza for everyone and it was all-you-can-eat. Watching hungry gamers wolf down free pizza is not a pretty sight. Also, thoughout the night, Newegg had scantily clad young women doing give aways of free stuff based on your wristband number. They must have given away a hundred different items. I didn't win, :( .

Around 2AM, I realized that I had been gaming for ten hours straight and was having trouble staying alert, as I nodded off while waiting to respawn. I decided to go home. I packed up my stuff, made my way through the three levels of security that made sure I was only taking my stuff.

Overall, a good time, but would have been better with a friends to squad up with. Newegg did a great job in pulling this thing off and it was well worth the entry fee.

Posted by michael at July 31, 2005 02:40 PM


I'll go with you next time. In a month or two I'm going to purchase myself a dedicated gaming computer. I need to be ready for Age of Empires III and Civilization IV when they come out later this year. It's going to be a small form factor just to make lan parties easier.

My friends and I plan to have a lan party on October 8th to celebrate the release of AOE3 if you are interested. But unless you are a RTS fan it probably wouldn't be all that fun. Other than that, I will let you know when we have our next general purpose lan, if you would be interested.

Posted by: Grant [http://grant.henninger.name/] on July 31, 2005 4:25 PM

You had trouble staying alert at 2AM? Did Helicopter Man on the LanManiac projector do nothing for you?

Posted by: Androktasie [http://www.lanmaniac.com] on August 2, 2005 10:12 PM

Feel free to visit our next lanparty and you'll make tons of friends to hang with, get in trouble with, eat with, and trash the guy trying to swipe your gear.

I too had a great time but it was from the friends I was with more so then the organization (or lack thereof) of the event. Not to sound overly critical but I felt that us BYOC attendeees were 2nd class citizens. And the constant raffles every 30 minutes kill any semblance of serious gamining on the BYOC servers, which (the official BF2 one anyhow) lagged like dialup.

My biggest beef is with the rude parking supervisor on the way out and the missinformation they spouted about validation and the flat rate. I hope Newegg changes venue next year.

For a list of other problems with this event and links to some great pictures, check out this site:


Posted by: Dread [http://www.lanpartyheads.com] on August 3, 2005 11:53 AM

Hey I was there too.

Yes...Definately roll with some buds. Had to kidnap two of my friends and force them to come. It was well worth it. 2am? Cmon...In the door at 8:15 on Saturday, and left when the network was cutoff. Don't feel bad...I didn't win anything either. Although I'm sure they called my number while in the BYOC area. Oh if yall wondering CS:S I was [BA1T] Don_Vito...Awesome and BF2: BAIM

Oh and parking...I nearly knocked the guy out...$17.00??? What happened to Flat fee Newegg.

But had a good time. Hope to see you guys (and gals) at a LAN party soon


Fayke Pearson

Posted by: FaykePearson [http://n/a] on August 7, 2005 2:53 AM

BTW...If you look at the picture there, the 3 silhouette figures in front of that monitor was me and my crew. I'm the one with the Computer with the blue haze on the front. HA...just noticed.


Fayke Pearson

Posted by: Fayke Pearson [http://N/A] on August 7, 2005 2:56 AM

What are your kids doing up at the hour of adult swim? I won't let my kids watch it. I don't watch it. TV is not for the young anymore. It is to risque and very suggestive. Christ, I can't believe they took the Stooges off the air because " it was to violent", you gotta be shittin me.

Posted by: Dace [] on August 15, 2005 1:51 PM
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