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.
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.