Written By Patrick "ymmoc" Arthur
21 January, 2009 01:56 PM
A nod and a wink
By Tony “Defiler” Tony
Ok, I’ll describe the room first. We were in a thin but long room with 2 rows of 3 bunk beds (so 6 bunk beds). Well, there I was, 8:30ish in the morning on the lower bunk of the middle bunk bed, trying my best to stay asleep. I couldn’t though, and decided to push myself up with my elbows to see a European guy on top of an Asian woman with a bed sheet covering their bodies, but with him obviously thrusting, in unison. He then looks up at me, gives me a slight smirk and a nod, and looks back down and gets to business again. Feeling slightly awkward I turn to the side and look up and see Craig (fryiee) on top of the bunk adjacent to mine look at me with the funniest face that just spelt “WWWWWASSSSSSSSUPPPPPP?”
A couple hours later, we’re all up and getting changed, and Andy (infzoran) is still lying in bed facing the wall. He wakes up, and decides to announce to the world “WASSSUPPPP”! He timed this perfectly, as the couple were walking passed him at exactly this point. He looked up as he said it and got the
Why I don’t smoke
By Craig “Fry” Berry
One of the funnier moments of the Reloaded weekend would have to have been the evacuation from the venue due to the smoke machine. Myself and simmo (Godst4r) headed over to Court 4 where the $2 laser skirmish was being held. As we entered, the smoke was thick in the air, basically impossible to see 2 metres in front of yourself. We went up, started getting a briefing, and all of a sudden the fire alarms go up. With me and simmo silently lolling, the laser skirmish people are frantically running about trying to get it turned off. After it was turned off, we both thought that was the end of it. However, one of the Reloaded staff members comes in and says “You all need to go out the front, right now.” As we rounded the corner, we saw all the Reloaded attendees and staff camped on the grass outside the venue, all 'WTFing' at each other. Most of the nerds shielded themselves from the sun, and almost inevitably a human pyramid started up. After nicking some V at an opportune moment, we were told we could waddle back into the venue and resume our gaming.
Aliens where they shouldn’t be
Now, "Don't judge a book by its cover" is a term that is commonly slung around, and one that can certainly be applied to the "High-end AlienWare PCs" that both KAGE and Immunity had the pleasure(?) to compete with. These PCs, when paired with the variety of "TV" monitors looked to be amazing - until Source was opened that is. Multiple issues cropped up instantly, including dodgy fps and off screen resolutions. Somehow, some machines managed to hold a solid 100fps, whilst others (DBLSTRLOL) struggled to pull in 30. However, to be fair the majority of the PCs managed (with a little help from Defiler and jamieKhooY) to run fairly well throughout the competition.
As far as peripherals go Razer certainly put their best foot forward with a range of the latest gaming mice, keyboards and headphones (although most people brought their own gear).
Now onto the monitors, the monitors (as is my understanding) were actually designed for use with Televisions, that is, they caused a multitude of problems with the lower resolutions, hence leading to fps issues ingame. Additionally, most of the monitors were off centre, which again needed attention from Khooy and Defiler. Andy’s PC in particular, when set to anything but 640x480, left him with half a black screen and the crosshair three quarters to the right. It made for entertaining gaming.
Overall, with plenty of help from the admins the computers were relatively good, bar a few (DBLSTRLOLAGAIN), but they certainly didn’t live up to the expectations of the players coming into the tournament.