I had 8 hours of sleep but I still have difficulties trying to stay awake at work! [X(]. Before I left for the lan party, I had only 4 hours of sleep. Then it was 32 hours of gaming, during that period I probably had 1 or 2 hours of sleep. It took me less than a minute to fall asleep last night. Hahaha.
Here’s my Day 2 report on the LanParty held on 6-7th March 2004 at Funan IT Mall. Photos will come soon.
Slowly, everyone came back to life. Looking around, more users are starting to play CS besides the group of professional players. Playing with the professionals was no fun. The only way I could take them down was to take a different route and sneak up on their backs. [XD]. I succeeded only 60% of the time. They had fast reflexes and insane accuracy.
Some participants had left the party. They went home to sleep but left their computers at the venue. We weren’t allowed to leave because it was a very commercialized party. The organisers were using us to attract more customers to their booths held right next to us. Their booths have so much space and so little customers where we have so little space yet so many people.
My friend and I teamed up with 3 other teens. Their area of expertise was in real time strategy games, namely WarCraft 3. We teamed up for the Unreal Tournament 2004 demo competition. There was a total of 4 teams. 2 from a clan named X3M. 1 called ABC. We were called NooB! [XD]. There are only prizes for top 3 teams. First 2 prizes involve a DFI motherboard. The 3rd prize was a sUrface1030 gaming mousepad which costs around S$30.
Our first match was with X3M’s second team. They are good in UT2K4. The game mode was Onslaught. To win the game, both sides must be quick and battle against each other fighting to take control of nodes all the way to the enemy’s base so that we can destroy their power core and win the game. I’m not sure but I think the time limit for the match was 40 minutes.
Damn were they good. We lost our first round in 2 minutes! They were fast and accurate. We never had the chance to take over the middle node. My team was able to defend longer for the second round onwards. By the end of the match, we lost 0 to 11.
We had a second match to see who would get into the 3rd place. Our competitors were team ABC. They are good at CS. Before the match started, we were allowed 15 minutes break. My teammates came over and we discussed how we lost the first match and how our opponents played. We then planned how we would play our second match. We learnt a lot from the first match.
The second match against team ABC was more fun than the first one. I can say we were equal in strength. Our first round took up to 10 minutes. We were struggling but no one gave up. Taking over the middle node boosted our morale. The sad thing is, our opponents quitted the game the moment we won the second round. Even though we still had a lot of time on the clock left to play.
Hah! I didn’t expect to win a prize during this party. All I expected was lots of gaming but everyone who came in groups were playing their own games. Some even created private games to play with their own friends. Before the party, the organisers created a forum for us to ask questions. Many people thought it was a tournament. In fact, most of the people came because of the prizes.