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i34 set to be UK's largest ever LAN party

i34 set to be UK's largest ever LAN party

Grab your PC - it's time to LAN!

Multiplay has been running thrice yearly LAN gaming events to give us cooped up geeks something to do over the long summer months, as well as offer the opportunity for 50 hours of non-stop uninterrupted gaming and this summer's event, i34 looks to be the biggest ever.

i34 kicks off tomorrow (or this evening if you've chosen to turn up early), and is basically guaranteed to shatter the UK LAN party attendance record, with almost two thousand gamers making the trip to the i-series' new venue at Stoneleigh park, Coventry. While this is still a ways off of the enormous attendance figures of similar events like Dreamhack in Scandinavia, it does show the UK PC online gaming scene is continuing to grow.

However, this time Multiplay have also chosen to build on the expanding trade show aspect of the event, and are running "M-festival," a trade show/exhibition alongside the i-series LAN party, with dozens of booths from some of the biggest names in PC hardware and software showcasing the latest games and technologies.

In attendance will be industry leaders such as EA, Ubisoft, Foxconn, MSI, Intel, Samsung and many others, showing off all their latest kit and games, including Spore, Mirror's Edge and Far Cry 2.

The event is completely open to the public too - you can just turn up and pay on the door, which is a great chance for those who bemoan the lack of any major public industry events in the UK.

i34 is also playing host to the UK leg of the World Cyber Games, with gamers competing to qualify for the chance to represent the UK at the WCG grand finals in Cologne Germany - although hopefully they won't have such a lame theme song as before.

bit-tech will be attendance for the entire weekend, chatting with the event sponsors, organisers and maybe even a celebrity or two, as well as keeping our eyes open for any unique or interesting case mods on display. We're also keen to give some love to any of our forum regulars in attendance, so be sure to drop by seat Q-16 and claim yourself some bit-tech goodies (first come, first served) or give us a game of Zombie Fluxx if you want.

Are you going to i34? Or do you not see the point of LAN gaming now we all have broadband? Thinking of going along for the exhibition? Let us know in the forums!

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Timmy_the_tortoise 7th August 2008, 14:33 Quote
Now that I know this exists.. I'm setting aside a couple of days in my 2009 calendar so I can definitely go next year.
Hg 7th August 2008, 14:40 Quote
woot im ment to be staffing this event ummmm now as we speak, but due to work i cant make it to later on tonight. but im sure its going to be a blast.
Cya there Hg
sotu1 7th August 2008, 14:57 Quote
celebrities? erm...who are we expecting!? wendel?!
yakyb 7th August 2008, 15:04 Quote
damn would have been nice to know this earlier any chance you (Bit-tech) could set up some form of UK Lan coverage system to inform us of when they are taking place
i have never been to a lan before and would love to go to one
wuyanxu 7th August 2008, 15:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by yakyb
damn would have been nice to know this earlier any chance you (Bit-tech) could set up some form of UK Lan coverage system to inform us of when they are taking place
i have never been to a lan before and would love to go to one
same here for wanting the news earlier.

i've got jack all to do this weekend, if you had told me like 3 weeks earlier, i'd have hired a car and went.
BioSniper 7th August 2008, 15:13 Quote
Celeb is Gemma Atkinson according to the site, and she is there to promote RA3
yakyb 7th August 2008, 15:26 Quote
i would have picked up on the way from liverpool if anyone needed
Hg 7th August 2008, 16:16 Quote
wendel came a few events ago to i28 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQp3Gay6sR8
Timmy_the_tortoise 7th August 2008, 16:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by yakyb
i would have picked up on the way from liverpool if anyone needed

Fancy a quick detour through County Durham? :p
Omnituens 7th August 2008, 16:54 Quote
I'm already there :D

I'm camping out at seat Q-16 now :P (im in V-12, join us for TF2age!)
kenco_uk 7th August 2008, 17:13 Quote
I think I know why you picked Q16 ;)

For someone paying on the door and travelling an hour and a half each way, is it a good event?
Omnituens 7th August 2008, 17:18 Quote
I used to travel 3 hours to the old venue, well worth it. It'd better if you actually play more than 1 game though (don't just play 1 game all event, you WILL find it poor)

free games like Armagetron and bontago ftw!
sotu1 7th August 2008, 17:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by BioSniper
Celeb is Gemma Atkinson according to the site, and she is there to promote RA3

well why didn't you just say so! see you there! hehe...i would love to go but alas am verry vusy at the moment. although Gemma in that hot military outfit is irresistable
Yemerich 7th August 2008, 18:12 Quote
Geez! too bad i live too far from u guys...

I would love to meet the BT staff in there :/
kenco_uk 7th August 2008, 18:20 Quote
Who, from bt towers, is going?
Jamie 7th August 2008, 18:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by kenco_uk
Who, from bt towers, is going?

Harry is going for the full weekend and Hiren will be there Friday.
themcman1 7th August 2008, 21:19 Quote
Well I'm going to the M Festival tommorrow, but I don't have a festival pass, so no goodies for me.
Will I be able to tell who's from BT, if your all walking around?
Nictron 7th August 2008, 21:19 Quote
We have our annual RAGE (Really Awesome Gaming Expo) event in Johannesburg from 5 to 8 October 1800 tickets were available. It went on sale on the 1st of August and sold out today.

1800 tickets sold out in 6 days!

I bought mine on the 1st by the way :-)
PhenomRed 8th August 2008, 08:41 Quote
BEST THEME SONG EVER!!!!!!

just kidding though...
CardJoe 8th August 2008, 09:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by themcman1
Well I'm going to the M Festival tommorrow, but I don't have a festival pass, so no goodies for me.
Will I be able to tell who's from BT, if your all walking around?

Harry is wearing a hat with a Bit-tech business card in the top of it, I think.
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