BC Gamer admins have been hard at work preparing for this glorious gaming weekend. Our events focus on having a good time and getting as much participation as possible, while still having a little competition to drive the action!
Check out our GottaCon 2013 page for details on all of our events.
Here’s a condensed list:
Left 4 Dead 2 – Survival
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare – Duel
Company of Heroes
Team Fortress 2
Minecraft – Building Contest
Tricky Truck – Time Trials
We’ve announced our 5th isLANd event for the year, it’s being hosted on December 8th 2012 at the Tech Park. For more infor & registration please click here: http://www.bcgamer.com/info-reg/island/
We will be featuring some RENTAL computers for an additional $10, please contact an admin through facebook or email jacob [AT] bcgamer.com for more details.
First, let’s get the bad news out of the way: IsLANd 4 has been postponed due to some unfortunate events. At this point in time our contact at the VITP has changed offices, leaving us with no venue for the time being.
BCGamer is proud to announce that we will once again be assisting with Gottacon in February of 2013. We’ll be running the non-competitive events and putting up some servers for the entire weekend (tentatively CS:GO, DayZ Lingor, Minecraft, among many others). Some of you may remember that last year we had 20 guys go and received a package deal. If anyone is interested in heading that up for 2013 or would like to throw down early for a cheap ticket shoot me an email: Justin@BCGamer.com
We here at BCGamer love Lanning, Gaming, and getting together, and so do our buddies over at LANcouver. Live in Vancouver? Want to check out some sick tournaments? LANcouver 2012 will be happening June 29th to July 1st. 48 Hours of gaming goodness. Tickets are $55 and you can find more info at their website, http://www.lancouver.com/.
I’ve had my share of zombie games in the past: Resident Evil, Killing Floor, Left 4 Dead, etc. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all great games, but none of them have persistent environments. Day Z, a mod for Arma 2, does. You’ll be thrown headlong into a survival situation with limited supplies, bandits out to rip you off, and hordes of bloodthirsty zombies out for your brains. If you die, you’ll respawn with minimal items.
I’m currently looking into providing a private server, although the author states that the mod has some crazy requirements such as burning through a couple of terabytes a month in bandwidth.
Come check us out at the Langford Future Shop location where we’ll be counting down to the midnight D3 release with some good old Diablo 2. From 9 PM Monday until midnight, we’ll be running 4 man Diablo runs with premade characters. The team with the fastest time will go home with some swag. Computers are provided.
Well, FINALLY Linux is getting some pretty solid support for gaming. Publisher Valve’s Gabe Newell confessed that the game maker will be bringing Steam and the Source Engine to Linux. They currently have a working prototype running on Ubuntu 11.10 with ATI’s Catalyst Drivers. The first title to be ported will be Left 4 Dead 2.
Some Valve employees have dabbled in moving Steam to Linux, but Gabe is now pushing his company to the new platform. I can’t wait to check it out. The full article can be found Here.
Gottacon was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who was able to attend. I had a great time organizing a number of tournaments (both premium and free). Our servers ran beautifully, no lag or stuttering at all. Casting was excellent, although I didn’t get to watch most of it, I hear that the casters in attendance did a bang up job. Late nights and great fights all weekend long.
Now we’re looking forward to the next big thing; Gibfest 2012. August 18th at 9:00 AM sharp. We’ll be optimizing our servers, moving from windows virtual machines to linux, and (ideally) getting into some layer 3 Cisco switches. That may not mean a whole lot to most people, but, suffice it to say, the network will be flawless, fast, and secure. It will be a Lan for the ages!
With Gottacon in the very near future, it’s crunch time for us. Most of the virtual servers have been tested and are functioning very well. I’m excited to see our hard work pay off, and to manage the TF2 tournament. The final touches are going into our internal website, and the torrent server is just about done. A while back, when this project was in very early development stages, Andrew, Jeff, Jacob and I were meeting and brain storming. We settled on bit torrent for game distribution (as long as the game is free or owned by the downloader). This takes a huge load away from the internet connections, and provides users with a much faster means of obtaining files if necessary.
Yet to do: Physical network setup, install the Counter-Strike: Source competitive config files, and pull this LAN off without a hitch. Challenge accepted.
On another note, BCGamer.com has had some much needed work put into it.
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