Cyberfusion After

Ah… totally crashed out for 12 hours on my bed. Surprised it wasn’t longer considering I was awake for nearly 70 hours discounting a maybe 2 or so hours of napping over the past 3 days. Still feeling alright, thank god. I was expecting to wake up with a bad cough/cold or perhaps maybe even a fever after pushing myself that hard.

Well, first of all, I’m happy to be in a Guinness World Record, at least until it’s broken. The official record is 274 gamers playing for 40 hours, btw. I’m pretty sure Nvidia might try to top it off, considering Cyberfusion was a AMD-ATI event. I managed to get myself a Phenom X4 9150e and an Orange Box (thanks a lot FatCatLim) from the event so I’m even more happier. Disappointed about the certificate we got though. It’s a copy-pasta, fill-up-yer-own-name kinda cert. I really wished we got a proper and named ones instead.

Cyberfusion

I do have a few nitpicks about the event though, mostly related to the ambience of the event. It apparently seems that the organizers think that gamers are rave pub goers, which might be true overseas, but it sure isn’t over here. Frankly speaking, I am quite surprised I managed to weather 40 hours of disco lights, crappy trance/classical trance/rave music and fake smog (yeah, smog) to set the record. At one point I was suffering from overexposure thanks to that unhealthy combination of lights, sound and smell. Yeah, smell. Because that fake smog they used smells poisonous and STINKS to high heaven. Even my hair smells like it still… eww. Whoever decided on making the whole event like a rave/trance party ought to be shot, whipped and have a glowing hot rod stuck up his back.

Which brings to me to the second nitpick of the event, mainly the committees. Some are pretty clueless, and some are rather rude. But my biggest complaint about them is not setting up their network earlier so that they could diagnose any problems. We were all required to be in the venue by 9pm Friday to be briefed and get ready, but instead they kinda wasted about 2 hours showing some people’s DotA matches and stuff. The LAN was only set up around 11:10pm and a LOT. I repeat. A LOT of problems popped up immediately.

First of all, they used a pretty fucking fail router which couldn’t support nearly 300 machines connecting to it. Hell, at one point, pinging the ROUTER from my PC actually timed out. Yeah, the router couldn’t respond to my pings. I wouldn’t have been surprised to discover a WRT in the router room, trying to slave away at routing 300 PCs. Of course the Internet was a no-go too, since the router kept dying on us.

In the end, we had to go on for about 4-5 hours with no Internet AND LAN too, since the router was so unstable that even LAN games couldn’t work as they kept timing out. Be reminded that this is a LAN party for god’s sake. Thank god as the morning of Saturday arrived, they managed to change the routers and everyone had the Internet back up, although some idiots actually went to torrent stuff after that and earned a well-deserved lashing from the emcee. And as expected, a virus made its rounds around the PC’s too, causing a lot of people to have downtime as they tried to remove it. Thank god I didn’t have the problem. Vista is surprisingly secure at everything on default settings but then I didn’t install any antivirus on it so I might not be so sure. I’ll still have to scan that install first though. Thankfully I used another HDD and Vista install for the event.

After the networking issues were resolved, everything else went on pretty smoothly. The food they provided pretty much sucked though, all throughout the three days, but it’s better that way. Kinda cut off the need to go for long toilet breaks, ahahaha. Eventually though, the need of sleep really became a pressing issue. There was this one guy who was pretty awesome since he was very obviously sleeping, but his car (he was playing a racing game) was actually still moving on screen. More awesomely, as I passed him, the VIP’s of the event went past met and saw him as well. After that, emcee made the mickey out of him, LOLOLOLOL.

Ahh, so now that’s out of the way, expect normal blogging to resume after this. Got a full backlog of anime to watch now. I need my Felli fix.

19 Comments

  1. Maggeh Said,

    April 13, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

    Well, um…

    GOOD SHOW OLD CHAP.

  2. Seinime Said,

    April 13, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

    Nice job. Holy crap makes me want to try one of these events.

  3. Netto Said,

    April 13, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

    Where do I sign up for such awesome events?

    DO TELL.

    orz.

  4. SinSnakeZ Said,

    April 13, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

    Congrats, Kuro-sama!!! We at the UTS E.G.G.(Electronics Gamers Guild) have just finished an Easter LAN party as well… It started at Thursday 12 Midnight (start of Friday) till Monday 11 am with at most 25 people playing at the same time… So in a manner of speaking, those of us who stayed till the end or spent a long time there knows how you feel…

    Either ways, I would like to congratulate you again, Kuro-sama, for getting your name in the record books… If only I weren’t studying in Australia, then I would have had my name there too but no time for regrets…

  5. oOgA Said,

    April 13, 2009 @ 6:25 pm

    wah..a phenom 9150e, i wish i have one of these for my file svr rigs :X

  6. natsuneko Said,

    April 13, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

    Sounds like lot of fun. What games did you play there? Because 40 hours is rather hard to pull off without an interesting game (I usually Q3 instagib during the hard moments to keep me awake xD).

    At least you managed to get some prizes that are worth your while – I was on a LAN myself last week and all I got for winning a “main” tournament (TF2) was a shitty, second-hand game from 2005. While “fun” tourneys like Blobby Volley and Trackmania got a game + hardware.
    Though on the other hand, I expected too much from a relatively small LAN. I have yet to attend one that’s over 130 people, which is rather difficult in my country at least. :/

  7. Unregistered Said,

    April 13, 2009 @ 9:50 pm

    The cert was disappointing since it’s your Guinness “xxxx was here” Record.

    Seems like they aren’t taking the folks who brutalized themselves seriously.

  8. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 13, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

    @natsuneko: Mostly L4D, TF2 and Civ IV with a smattering of The Last Remnant sometimes. When I was really tired, I just launched Mahjong Titans and did my blogging/chatting. Felt weird that I had to have a game on at all times. It was the total opposite of going to work lol.

    @Unregisted: Damn right they didn’t. They had all our names and information, for god’s sake. How hard could’ve it been to print our names on them as well. Bloody organizers.

  9. Maggeh Said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 12:09 am

    Ah, I’ve finally finished it. Le Ode de Kurogane of Cyberfusion*.

    In the deep, deep forests of Malaysia**,
    Where the lions and snakes did prowl***.
    Kurogane stood in front of a building,
    On his face a badass scowl.

    For 38 long hours would he wage,
    A war against a record set in the past.
    So that his name would go down in history,
    The question was, would he last?

    The environment did make his eyes water;
    What the fuck was that goddamn smoke?
    Poor lighting and music made him fear,
    And poor Kuro began to cough and choke.

    While his basic instincts warned him to flee,
    The allure of fame was just to great!
    Reasoning that no pain equaled no gain,
    Our hero stepped up to meet his fate.

    Tragedy marked the event from the start,
    With many problems the people were plague’d.
    Crappy connections with nary an explanation
    From the committee, to all of them vague’d****.

    The hours did pass, and Kuro did toil,
    Regretting his decision to quit playing DotA*****!
    But, at least, it could have been worse.
    At least he wasn’t in North Dakota******.

    More hours passed, and Kuro grew weary,
    Barely able to even click on his mouse.
    Since when did gaming become SERIOUS BUSINESS?
    Oh, all Kuro wanted was to be back at his house.

    The food was of Pizza Pizza******* QUALITY,
    So Kurogane embarked on a one-man diet.
    While time passed on meaninglessly,
    He did wonder if he should start a riot.

    Picking up a tray of food, he yelled,
    “Food fight, bitches, cause I’m bored!”
    Flinging edibles left and right,
    Someone, give this man an Olympic Award!

    For a while this battle went on,
    Till the committee, did restore, order.
    Implicating an innocent for his sins,
    Kuro watched as the man was ejected from the border********.

    Halfway through, Kuro’s vision was blurred,
    Bored out of wits, hardly sane in the mind,
    Kurogane began to uncontrollably twitch,
    And contemplate the existence of mankind*********.

    From when, where and whence?
    For what reason was he doing this?
    The answer came in a ray of light,
    It was because he exists!

    Finally the end did he reach!
    Thirty-eight hours, a record-breaking score!
    Moved, Kurogane let the tears fall**********.
    Was it really true? No more?

    NO! For these crazy bastards exclaimed,
    “Two more hours will you guys stay!”
    Nobody resisted, they all went along,
    To Kurogane’s great dismay.

    Finally, the fortieth hour arrived,
    And sweet freedom did everyone taste.
    Moans, groans and yelps of joy!
    Everyone sought to leave in haste!

    Prizes were handed out, to great pleasure!
    A copy of Orange Box, for which everyone did flock.
    And some other stuff equally great***********.
    Yet, the certificate did cause Kuro some shock.

    “What the fuck is this?” the man did rage,
    “A bloody form, after all I’ve gone through?
    I ought to kick them in the balls!
    A piece of my mind they should chew!”

    Alas, threats and insults did fail
    To move these cold and unfeeling men.
    Too tired to fight our protagonist left,
    Vowing never to do such a thing again.

    And thus on his bed did Kurogane collapse,
    His STAMINA spent, gone, nada, at zero.
    He had sacrificed much for the sake of fame,
    And now he would go down in history, AN HERO.

    * A strange and fucked up fusion of (apparently) Spanish and French. And English. It should probably be The Ode of Kurogane of Cyberfusion… but I don’t know Spanish or French. So sue me.
    ** I’ve never been to Malaysia. I assume they have deep, deep forests there, so the entire poem takes place in the deep, deep forests of Malaysia. You have no say in the matter.
    *** Actually, do lions live in forests? Do they even live in Malaysia?
    **** I’m aware that there is no such thing as vague’d. I had to do it for the sake of the mediocre rhyming scheme.
    ***** You probably didn’t regret quitting DotA, but you probably should have. It’s fucking DotA^. You don’t quit DotA. DotA quits YOU. At least in Soviet Russia.
    ^ I want to play DotA.
    ****** I hear some bad shit about those people in North Dakota. Baaaad shit. Wait, Malaysia isn’t in North Dakota, is it?
    ******* Pizza Pizza is a Canadian pizza franchise. Their pizzas suck. Yet, because it’s Canadian, it sees far more space then other more decent pizza franchises. God, I fucking hate Pizza Pizza.
    ******** All events in the current and previous verse are works of fiction. No actual people, living or deceased, were thrown out of the Malaysian border… if there even is such a thing.
    ********* Again, fictional.
    ********** Rest assured, these were MANLY tears. Like the ones they shed in Code Geass. TTGL? Fuck that, that shit ain’t manly. It’s about a bunch of fucking terrorists blowing each other up^^.
    ^^ Maggeh might be biased against TTGL. Maybe.
    *********** I honestly don’t know what that other thing you got is, nor am I willing to actually find out. God knows if I care enough to, either. Poems on real-life events are much like “based on a true story” horror movies – most of the shit is made up, and nobody likes them.

    Kay, done.

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 12:16 am

    Epic Poem bro.

  11. Maggeh Said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 12:17 am

    I was bored.

  12. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 12:20 am

    You sir, have won a permanent link in my side bar. Enjoy your increased hits and Google PageRank.

  13. linkinstreet Said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 12:21 am

    http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/189/cyberfusion2009.jpg
    Newspaper report.
    And my live stream was a success. You can even hear Kuro laughing. AHAHAAHAHA

  14. Maggeh Said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 12:25 am

    Holy fuck, just like that? o_O

    You do realize, Kurogane, that the entire reason I took up blogging in the first place was so I could get linked on your blog?

  15. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 12:33 am

    Oh? I didn’t know. Shall I just remove it now so that I can enjoy more epic comments like this?

    And yeah, I still don’t regret quitting DotA. It got too repetitive anyways. Plus I can’t stand the fan-tards around it. As I said, DotA is now the football equivalent of e-gaming. Makes sense really.

  16. Maggeh Said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 12:35 am

    You get the epic comments until I finish my exams and get to work on my own blog.

    And then some.

    After all, where else have I got to go? It’s not like I visit other anime blogs (or blogs, for that matter) anyways.

  17. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 12:36 am

    LOL, okay then. I am honored to be the only anime blog you read.

    I do love your epic comments, keep up the good work.

  18. TJ Said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 1:58 am

    Congrats on the haul. Although for 40 hours of work you should have demanded for a Phenom II or at least a Black Edition Phenom.

  19. manga Said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

    Well… the last times I´ve been to DH there haven´t been any smoke. Nor much of disco lights. Only the damn loud music, but they wary it pretty much so. It didn´t turn into a pure rave party :p

    What they also do is create movies for the event that are asked to be played as much as possible since it´s just so damn funny.

    Along with games to play on consoles and other stuff, just great.

    Good to see that you survived and took such a nice long sleep.

    I also agree with you that the way they handled things are bad. But you´re one experience richer and that has to count for something right?

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