Highlights from the BCITSA Fall LAN and Video Game Party Night in Burnaby, BC Michael Kwan November 4, 2013 Features Studying is important. Learning is useful. But we all need some time to relax and have a good time too! That’s why we were more than happy to participate in the BCITSA Fall LAN and Video Game Party Night this past Friday. Put on by the good people at the British Columbia Institute of Technology Student Association, the party gave students an opportunity to unwind for an evening filled with gaming and tech. There were well over 200 pre-registered attendees to the event, which spread out across several rooms on the BCIT Burnaby Campus. As we had done before, we once again set up a Gamers Lounge Presented by Futurelooks and MEGATechNews. The actual products being showcased at our space were a little different this time around. For example, we partnered up with our friends at Canadian Joysticks for a couple of fighting game setups. Futurelooks had two awesome custom gaming PCs for gamers to try too, fully equipped with goodness from sponsors ADATA, GIGABYTE, Be Quiet!, SteelSeries and Western Digital. Would You Like to Play a Game? For a little bit of retro appeal, we set up the AtGames Sega Genesis Classic Game Console, giving attendees an opportunity to go back to such unforgettable titles as Streets of Rage, Sonic the Hedgehog and Vectorman 2. For some of these gamers, it was their first time experiencing these games from the 90s! In the other rooms, several tournaments were being organized for League of Legends, Starcraft 2 and Super Smash Bros. Awesome Sponsors and Prizes As if a night with some awesome video games for fans of all genres wasn’t enough, we were fortunate enough to partner up with some great sponsors to give away some terrific raffle prizes. Western Digital provided us with a 1TB My Passport Slim portable hard drive, for example, and Roam Mobility offered up a Liberty Mobile Hotspot with 1GB of roaming data. Other prizes that we gave away included ADATA flash drives, a SteelSeries gaming headset, and a GIGABYTE motherboard. The winners looked really happy! See You in the Spring! Events like this can be both entertaining and educational! I spoke with some attendees about the Western Digital WD My Cloud, explaining to them how it works and how it could benefit their lives. Stephen from Futurelooks spoke to gamers about how they could get the most out of their PCs without having necessarily to invest in the most expensive components. And fun was clearly had by all. We fully expect the BCIT Student Association to organize another LAN and Video Game Party some time in the spring semester and we’ll be happy to be there again if they’ll have us. Where will the Futurelooks and MEGATechNews Gamers Lounge show up next? What goodies will we have to show and what swag will we have to give away? Stay tuned! Share This With The World!