Bastard's Beatdown 17
The Beatdown...not just another LAN party.
Friday, March 5, 1999
Check this out. It's 9am and I can't stop staring at the clock.
I took a 1/2 day at work and I'm waiting for 12pm to roll around
so I can walk out of my office. I still have to pack my system
and head out to PQ, but that's ok. All week I have been dreaming
of railing some l33t player as I jump of the top of The Edge.
Oh, the ownage. Partying with my friends. Oh, the damage. This
must have been the 3 longest hours of my life.
Beatdown, without a doubt, is one of the most memorable parties
you will ever go to. It's usually held once a month--but it's
been three months since the last Beatdown occurred at PlanetQuake,
so you can bet that everyone was ready to party up. The anxiety
could clearly be seen in the Beatdown webpage, discussion board, and
the infamous Beatdown Mailing List - talk about freedom of speech.
What's it all about?
The Beatdown is a LAN party at it's finest. You've got hard-core
gamers, developers, QA guys, webpimps, housewives, ferrets, and
executives all under one roof for an entire weekend of gibbage.
(Did I say ferrets?) Typically, events at a Beatdown go
One - Friday
Everyone arrives and checks in after fighting the LA traffic.
You walk inside and say "Oh...my...god." There's a 20ft styrofoam Quake
"Q" on the ceiling and rows and rows of computers lining
the office with the biggest sound systems you can imagine. There
are more siren lights and discoballs than a nightclub. This office
is turned upside-down. People here pull out all the stops in order
to have a good time.
Once you're settled in, you configure your computer for the network
and are ready to surf or play games on the fattest Internet connection
in the universe. [Actually, the T1 gets kinda packed with all the people downloading South Park videos or the occasional, shall we say, adult distraction...] There are at least 20-30 local servers running
Clan Arena, Rocket Arena 2, Action Quake, Half-Life, Unreal, Tribes,
Team Fortress, Lithium, and even WinQuake coop. You name it...it's