Foreword by Wil Harris, Editor
The biannual DreamHack computer festival is the world's largest, and is held at ELMIA in Jönköping, Sweden and is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. bit-tech has some good history with Scandinavian modders, publishing content from the top bods like Magnus Persson and stalwart contributer GoTall, aka Micke Gustafsson. For DreamHack Winter 2005, Micke was asked to set up a modding demo booth, as well as prepare several demo machines for various manufacturers, such as AMD, Intel, and Gainward, to showcase on their stands. He was generously supported with hardware from AMD, Intel, Epox, Gainward, Corsair, Adata, OCZ, Xtreme, Creative and Colorcase.se
If you haven't already, check out Micke's DreamHack Winter 2005 Preview where you can check out construction photos from the seven cases he modded for the event. Anticipating a busy show engraving for attendees, Micke drafted in his friend Kristoffer, aka Hedan, who kindly documented the event for us. Our thanks go to Hedan. On with the show!
Välkommen till Dreamhack 2005
Think about the amount of gear you normally take to a LAN party: computer, monitor, clothes, sleeping bag etc For DreamHack, Micke had not one but seven computers plus all his engraving gear and lots more. As you can see here, we filled his pickup to the top.
The ELMIA hall is big, but when you get inside, it appears even bigger. The organizers are expecting a record crowd this year because it is the 10th Anniversary of DreamHack. Here is a quick shot of what it will look like full of geeks from all around the world.
We arrived a day early to set up Micke’s engraving gear in the Colorcase booth so there was nobody around. Just rows and rows of empty tables, each becoming the home to a hardcore gamer for 96 hours.
Early the next morning, the gates to DreamHack opened and the stream of people carrying their gear from the massive carpark didn’t stop until late that night. Over 6000 gamers made their way in and found themselves a spot to set up in - the place was packed!
Not content with just one hall, the organizers sorted out a second space for the overspill of hardcore gamers.