Geek Fest '05 (aka the LAN party) was a success. We had 7 people present, and there was much UT2004 goodness to be had. I actually got to bust out the Battlefield 1942, which I haven't played for a good long while. It came down to the wire due to financial reasons, but I managed to find a place that would overnight my new computer in time for the party. I got the components at ~11:30 AM on Saturday and was playing by 6:00 PM. Not too bad. I only received one video card, as the other was on back-order, but even so, the single 6600GT performed very well. I was averaging about 85 fps in UT2004 @ 1280x1024 with everything cranked. I even got a free copy of Doom 3, but I'll probably never play it for reasons I've discussed before.
Anyway, even though I'm fatigued beyond repair, I'm jonesing for more LAN action. I pine for the days when this was a frequent occurance.
I'm hopefully picking up a new rig by the end of the week. It'll be the first new machine I've gotten for personal use since 2001. Of course I can't go for an incremental upgrade, so I'm getting a Socket 939 Athlon 64 and DUAL VIDEO CARDS. nVidia brought back the whole parallel video card thing you might remember from the 3dfx era. Well, since I wasn't able to do it then, might as well go for it now that I can. How can twice the power be wrong!
The best part will be having a decent gaming rig at home again. Of course I need time to play and that doesn't happen much. I can't even get a game of Halo 2 in right now, which is particularly disheartening. My Xbox sits unloved.
There's going to be some hardcore, full-on LAN action at the Casa de Fox this weekend. I was hoping for a few people, but it's actually going to be a challenge to fit everybody if everyone who said they would come actually shows up. Should be a good time.
So I finally got a new phone. I had the same one for almost 4 years, but picked up a new one last night. It's alright... has a camera that I'll probably use rarely, and it plays games which is always cool. Jury is still out on the sound quality. I need more time with it.
I'm also inheriting a Toshiba e755 this weekend. It has built-in wireless and a decent processor, so it should be tons of fun.
Also, I must have this: a Sony PSP. When you consider all it can do, the price doesn't seem so bad. I have yet to see one in person, but the screenshots and videos make this look amazing. The screen size alone is worth the purchase.
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