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Gamers Unite

The Escapist Staff | 26 Jul 2005 12:07
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You've read all about gamers. Where can you find them? At any one of a number of conferences that have popped up over the years. These conferences are sponsored by media or developers, and some of the earliest were started by gamers themselves, looking for a weekend getaway to do nothing but game. Whichever type you choose, you are sure to participate in the excitement and camaraderie of a marathon session of Counter-Strike: Source ending at three in the morning ... and THAT is good.

Camelot Roundtable [Mythic Entertainment]
With multiple stops each year, Mythic Entertainment tries to keep their fan convention accessible to their fans, wherever they may be. Convention events include costume contests, discussion panels with game developers, and a healthy dose of meeting and greeting with other players from around the globe. For those fans not up for a full convention, there are also near-monthly gatherings at smaller venues with less scheduled events. http://www.darkageofcamelot.com/roundtable/

Million Man LAN [LANWAR Group]
On a continual mission to hold the largest LAN party in the world, the Million Man LAN gets a little bit closer to its name every year. For four solid days (that's 78 consecutive hours!) more than 1000 gamers will bring their PCs together and do battle in official and unofficial tournaments. In its fourth year, the Million Man LAN is a celebration of friendly, competitive gaming. http://www.millionmanlan.com/

PAX [Penny Arcade]
Debuting in 2004, the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) proved to be a bigger success than anyone could have anticipated. Registration lines stretched for three city blocks as the attendee projections were exceeded by 60%. If the first wasn't impressive enough, PAX 2005 looks to surpass its predecessor in every way, with an impressive list of sponsors and events already announced. Well on the way towards becoming "the consumer E3", PAX combines traditional convention mainstays, like panels and exhibition booths, with the atmosphere and camaraderie of LAN parties. Open play console and PC halls give gamers the freedom to meet on common ground, while a dense schedule of competitive events ensure there's something for everyone. Unlike most conventions, PAX also keeps "gamer hours", with the doors open and events running until 2:00 AM. http://www.penny-arcade.com/pax/

QuakeCon [QuakeCon Organization]
Held every year, QuakeCon bills itself as "4 Days of Peace, Love, and Rockets". Part LAN party, part tournament, and part convention, attendees compete with one another in both organized and ad-hoc tournaments. Though heavily sponsored by id Software, QuakeCon also has a wide range of hardware sponsors demonstrating and unveiling their high-end gaming products for the selective, performance-conscious market in attendance. http://www.quakecon.org/

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