Festival for gamers is something new for Russia. Exhibitions, premieres, and the like are held regularly, but this is all a formal setting, and there’s no communication between the players. But to collect gamers for a few days inside a simple recreation center, where the main entertainment is not technology, but sports - is it possible?
From August 6 to August 8, the
festival GAMER LIVE 2010 was
held at the Vympel
recreation center near Moscow, and the answer is yes! On Habré has already been published the announcement of
this event, dedicated to the birthday of GAMER.ru
, and now - a story about how it happened, and photos. And yes, the girls were there too, moreover, of their own free will!
The opening ceremony of the festival took place on the evening of Friday, August 6th
. In Moscow, participants were given packages with gifts from the organizers, as well as a badge with a name and nickname. From the sweltering and veiled smog of Moscow, we set off on a comfortable bus to the music, of course, from the games.
[There are many photos under the cut]
The main goal of the first day is to get comfortable in a new place and to get acquainted with the clan members, shoulder to shoulder with whom you have to fight for victory in the next 48 hours. Despite the general friendly attitude, GAMER LIVE
is also a team competition, and the first task for the clans was to come up with a name and show off effectively at the evening performance. Upon arrival at the place, everyone ran up to the gazebos, and for about an hour there was a creative process:
And finally, the representation of the clans on the stage of the local DK
The rest of the evening was spent in dating, conversations and board games.
The second day was devoted to rest from computers and a sedentary lifestyle. After morning exercise in the open air, it was time for the Fogeym quest in the best traditions of the MMORPG
. The entire territory of the base was involved, where the teams searched for the right people and took the next task from them. In the best traditions - because instead of grind mobs, players solved intellectual puzzles, put down puzzles for speed, and at the same time demonstrated strength, agility and endurance.
Assignment texts are worthy of special mention:
Enough running up, we went to the pool. The pool was surprisingly cool for the forests of the Moscow region: large, deep, with a five-meter tower. But the main thing - with cool water in the forty-degree heat!
After lunch there was a paintball tournament from the company Kraken Games
. Although many of them took real rifles for the first time, the action turned out to be very interesting and entertaining - at short distances and among the trees tactics were more important than firing accuracy, and with this gamers have no problems
Then there was a rest in the form of a presentation of new NVIDIA
products: GTX 460
video cards and 3D Vision Surround. Anyone could appreciate the 3D-
picture at once on three monitors.
After the presentation, there was a story by Daniel “Graver” Katsnelson
about the life of cybersportsmen and his career in Counter-Strike
And at the end of the day - an outdoor show program: contests for gaming erudition and acting, a mini-tournament on DJ Hero
and many, many prizes. For example, players had to recall quotes from WarCraft and StarCraft, depict dead terrorists and drag the Ring of the One Power into the fire, without departing from the scene.
On the third day of the morning, a game zone was opened, where there was a complete set of Guitar Hero
with two guitars, a drum set and a microphone. And of course, immediately there were many groups willing to try out a strange thing. Later, a tournament was held between the clans for the title of the best rock group, where not only the accuracy of hitting the notes, but also the entertainment performance as a whole was evaluated.
After lunch, it was time for the main event of the third day - the tournament on the legendary StarCraft
(first part). Not everyone wanted to be distracted from Guitar Hero
, so the games were held in parallel. Participants fought on gaming PCs USN Level 516 WCG
, which became the official gaming platform of the tenth World Cyber Games
championship. The tournament was held with the support of the online store of computer delicacies IT menu
and became the final part of the main quest of the summer.
At the ceremony of summing up, the winners of GAMER LIVE 2010 were
determined: the brave clan "The Witchers"
came out on top, followed by the "Good Trolls"
, and the third place was shared by the Kompot
and Clear Sky
clans.[A lot of photos can be found in the festival blog ]
Finally, I would like to bring the conversation with the barmaid of the recreation center:- Who are you guys? A lot of you ...
- We are gamers, uh ... we are the ones who play computer games
- Is it necessary to constantly kill there?
- Sometimes you have to, yes
- Oh, and I read, those who play - they are crazy, cut off from life, afraid to go out into the street, cut each other ...
- Well, look at us, are we like that?
- I would not say ... Normal guys, funny! Gamers, speak?
So, the first festival GAMER LIVE
performs its main task perfectly: it destroys stereotypes. Gamers, in fact, also people =)The social network GAMER.ru is especially grateful to the general partner of the festival - Fogeym entertainment portal, companies Kraken Games , NVIDIA , Snowball Studios , 1C-Softklab, Playstation, Electronic Arts, information partners - First television channel and Goodgame portal . ru for the help in organizing and holding the event.See you at GAMER LIVE 2011!