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This past weekend -- Fites 200
« on: February 28, 2010, 11:22:59 AM »
I just wanted to let you guys know we had a great time.  I know we were stressed for power but I think that there was an issue that may of caused some computers (laptops and desktops) to reduce performance and quite potentially cause the switches to reduce their performance levels.  We had rather bad performance overall in Unreal Tournament 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Mass Effect 2 over the duration of the lan.  I personally know that both Mass Effect 2 and Unreal Tournament 3 ran perfectly fine on our laptops previously as well as after the event.  We did no changes to resolve the issue.  However during the lan their performance was degraded in both single and multiplayer modes.  I think it is something that should be put into consideration for next year.  We had tons of fun this past weekend and look forward to fites next year!

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Re: This past weekend -- Fites 200
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2010, 11:39:02 AM »
That's odd, because on both of my machines (I had to run home and get my backup when my primary died. GRRRRRR!) UT3, CoD4 and TF2 ran wonderfully across the network.  I had no problems connecting to any of the Fites tourney or free play servers. Smooth, uninterrupted gameplay on my end. Go Fites!

Great event, though. A little better than last year, but not by much. At least this time I could get some decent sleep as nobody was yelling "SCIENCE!!!" for half an hour. Oh yeah, my sister had a good time despite not having spent as much time on CoD and UT as most everyone else.

Because I was sitting 2 seats away from a friend with a home server, I still vote that we should've had access to Gig-E networking simply because of some of the file sizes that were on DC, but that's really my only gripe. It's not even a gripe or complaint as much as it would have been something nice to have.

So here's looking forward to another event a year from now. Next time get some PSU's to give away so when mine dies I can win a new one and replace it right away. :-D
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Re: This past weekend -- Fites 200
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2010, 01:31:37 PM »
This weekend was much more enjoyable (The last one was enjoyable too :-D) for a couple of obvious reasons.

1.  It was no where near as hot as it was before.   Those fans helped a ton.   Very much appreciated!

2.  The additional space was a big plus, which also helped with managing the heat.

3.  Lots of little extra tournaments (Armagedatron or however you spell it and Super Smash Bros)

I don't know of many suggestions I can make.  The fact that you host a three day LAN at a hotel, which happens to have a grill & bar also, is a great convenience.  The 40 dollar discount on the room was a welcome bonus.  My only gripe was that my roommate refused to go despite him paying.  He really missed out.

I'm still recovering.  When I think of more to say I'll hope back in.


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Re: This past weekend -- Fites 200
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2010, 01:33:02 PM »
Thank You for hosting another great lan Fites! Your entire staff did a outstanding job. From the table setups and layout, air flow, dedicated servers, consoles, ub3r emulator setup, tourneys, free schwag, prizes, everything came together for one epic weekend. As always, my family and friends and I had a great time and we look forward to the next one.

These lan events are a great escape from RL and a blast getting together with fellow gamers both young and old to share in fun fragging times. The DC shares are also a great bonus to the event so thanks to everyone out there that participates. Thanks to Everyone at the lan for the comaradery as well as for getting the munchies for girl scout cookies on Saturday, my lil sister-in-law unloaded over 120 boxes and she says thanks for the purchases!

 Now go catch up on some rest Fites staff as I'm sure some of you didn't get much this weekend, especially for that BrokenShadow guy, damn he needs some beauty rest as he's one big ugly beast  :elaugh: not that I can talk :hehemean:


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Re: This past weekend -- Fites 200
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2010, 03:34:56 PM »
I just wanted to let you guys know we had a great time.  I know we were stressed for power but I think that there was an issue that may of caused some computers (laptops and desktops) to reduce performance and quite potentially cause the switches to reduce their performance levels.  We had rather bad performance overall in Unreal Tournament 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Mass Effect 2 over the duration of the lan.  I personally know that both Mass Effect 2 and Unreal Tournament 3 ran perfectly fine on our laptops previously as well as after the event.  We did no changes to resolve the issue.  However during the lan their performance was degraded in both single and multiplayer modes.  I think it is something that should be put into consideration for next year.  We had tons of fun this past weekend and look forward to fites next year!

Why didn't someone come up to the help desk and ask for.......help?  This could have been resolved quickly if were only reported.  We had plenty of extra switches so we could have easily replaced it to make sure it wasn't a faulty switch.
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Re: This past weekend -- Fites 200
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2010, 03:43:05 PM »
Great event, though. A little better than last year, but not by much.

IMO, this years event was far better than last years.  We opened on time, no network issues, tourneys went very smoothly, only 1 issue with power and it wasn't that we didn't have enough, there was just some daisy chaining going on.  Also, prizes!  There was  a metric Crap ton of excellent prizes.  What did we have...5 cases to give away?  A very nice Mobo/proc combo.  Lot's of really nice Slappa bags not to mention the Ton's of schwag everyone got.

More space, more cooling, more people....just moar....and better.

Yeah, I'd say it was A LOT better than last year's.
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Re: This past weekend -- Fites 200
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2010, 03:46:37 PM »
Not to mention we had a console SECTION this year. Last year we had consoles, but they weren't centralized, and nowhere near as organized. Epic mad props to Ogar, Jinu and Cypher for that.

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Re: This past weekend -- Fites 200
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2010, 05:45:24 PM »
I thought it was a definitive improvement over last year. The size was great, I would love to see some more fun competitions on the MAME setup, i think that is underutilized for how rockin it is. Tournaments went much better than last year, and I definately felt like I had more elbow room this year. Thanks guys for a great event.
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Re: This past weekend -- Fites 200
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2010, 07:38:56 PM »
I certainly hope there's a super street fighter 4 tourney next year and that we can use all the characters so some of us can play to the full extent of our power and capability.

oh, who am I kidding. I just have the hots for cammy.
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Re: This past weekend -- Fites 200
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2010, 09:17:45 PM »

I just wanted to let you guys know we had a great time.  I know we were stressed for power but I think that there was an issue that may of caused some computers (laptops and desktops) to reduce performance and quite potentially cause the switches to reduce their performance levels.  We had rather bad performance overall in Unreal Tournament 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Mass Effect 2 over the duration of the lan.  I personally know that both Mass Effect 2 and Unreal Tournament 3 ran perfectly fine on our laptops previously as well as after the event.  We did no changes to resolve the issue.  However during the lan their performance was degraded in both single and multiplayer modes.  I think it is something that should be put into consideration for next year.  We had tons of fun this past weekend and look forward to fites next year!

This is definitely the kind of thing to report to us. We are there to help and make the LAN the best experience you can have.

Speaking for myself, I had no issues in my section in terms of power or game performance. I was keeping an eye out on my system's power draw, the state of the power coming into my supply, my network connection, and its stability. Everything looked very clean and actually better than last year if I remember correctly.
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Re: This past weekend -- Fites 200
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2010, 11:39:35 PM »
In regards to the power issue, I actually lost a power supply which was working fine previously to making the trip to the LAN party.  A staffer plugged me in, I went to fire up the box, got a light for a split second, and then nothing.  Whether this was a function of it dying a natural death or something else, I have no idea; we went to Best Buy and got another one and that was that.  I thought I'd throw it out there.

Second, I liked the improved Rock Band 2 tournament format.  However, one thing that the change from a band selecting songs from the start to randomly chosen songs does is it puts the bands who go earlier at a huge disadvantage, compared to the bands who have time to go back to their computers and listen to songs a couple times to prepare.  I can't help but think if there'd been even a half hour between when the songs for the round were announced and the first performance, the outcome might have been different, and the tournament as a whole more competitive and improved in quality. 

The fans were a huge improvement; likewise the designated console area.  The smaller tournaments were cool too, like the Home Run Derby and Smash Bros.  I did wonder why there weren't actual trophies for them as they WERE announced tournaments, but we can't have everything we want I guess ;)

Overall, a very positive and improved experience from last year, with room to improve even more next year!
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Re: This past weekend -- Fites 200
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2010, 12:01:06 AM »
I had a great time guys. I didn't suffer from power issues, but then again my table wasn't completely filled. The tournaments were great, although my team always fell into last place. ;) I give kudos to those who work hard on the console area setup. 
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Re: This past weekend -- Fites 200
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2010, 07:21:34 AM »
Thanks everyone for your thoughts on the LAN.  We at Fites strive to give you the best we can and we actually start the preparation for each LAN at the end of the last one.  Every year we feel we do a little bit better and we're always open to new ideas. 

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Re: This past weekend -- Fites 200
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2010, 08:05:28 AM »
Great times were had. Muffindog and JFE vs team :D was intense. No issues with anyone in my group. Fites is a great lan organization with really cool staff. Hopefully I'll see some of you at Pittco! :D

p.s. Turk is now a lan celebrity.

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Re: This past weekend -- Fites 200
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2010, 08:17:54 AM »
p.s. Turk is now a lan celebrity.

I think Turk has always been a LAN celeb!  ;)
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