By Jake Crimmins posted Jun 10th 2011
This past weekend I went to Intel’s LANFest InfernaLAN in DuPont, Washington. At 385 people the InfernaLAN is the largest and is the oldest LANFest event. The LAN parties are put on by a group of PC gamers that work at Intel. Over the past several years they have continued to grow larger and add more events across the United States. One of the best things about the LANFest events is, all of the proceeds are matched by Intel and donated to charity. The events have helped to raise almost $400,000 for charity.
Friday night was the first night and by 7PM more than 100 gamers were waiting in line to check in. By midnight almost all of the 385 seats were filled. One thing that I found very different about this LAN was the fact that it was very family oriented. Several parents had brought their kids along, to game right alongside of them. We gave away a several Gaming Audio Series™ HS1A gaming headsets and kits of Vengeance™ memory to members of our Facebook event.
The next day around noon, everybody started to wake up and start gaming again. This guy was still passed out next to his Obsidian Series™ 650D mid-tower case..
Saturday was an event filled day with gaming tournaments, raffles, a system build off and lots of prizes. We even helped out one guy to overclock his system, as he was having issues with his settings. After dinner Intel held the raffle to giveaway a ton of prizes. The prizes we gave away included Gaming Audio Series SP2500 and SP2200 speakers, HS1 and HS1A headsets, Professional Series™ Gold AX850 and AX750 PSUs, and Vengeance™ DDR3 memory kits. Along with the raffle prizes we gave out more kits of Vengeance memory and HS1A headsets.
We held a system build off where two attendees would tear down their current computer and rebuild them into the Graphite Series™ 600T Special Edition White mid-tower cases. In order to win they would need to get the computer into Windows, after transferring everything over. Both contestants got to keep the 600T White case but the winner would receive a Hydro Series™ H60, Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B DDR3 memory kit, and a HS1A gaming headset.
Within the first 10 minutes the first contestant had a huge lead over the other contestant. Another 10 minutes later both contestants were neck and neck. After finishing connecting the front power switch and other connectors, Allen Richter was able to boot up into Windows first and take the victory.
Congrats to Allen, enjoy the prizes!
The InfernaLAN was one of the best LAN parties I have ever been to! The people were great and as I mentioned before it was a family friendly atmosphere. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you definitely will want to come to this event. Best of all, the proceeds get donated to charity. For more information on LANfest events click here.