Dallas, Texas, is no stranger to competitive gaming. It is home to professional teams such as the Cowboys, Mavericks and Stars, and is also the host city for the grandfather of all networked computer gaming events: QuakeCon. The sensation known as the LAN Party is close to entering its second decade, as the event celebrates its 10th year this week.
In 1996, a set of friends from the online gaming community met up in Garland, Texas. With a passion for everything gaming and the kinship only found between gamers, they used the gathering as a way to connect with one another in real life. Now thirty miles away from where LAN gaming took up its roots, QuakeCon has become an established tradition. The event has grown each year and its tenth incarnation is nothing short of HUGE. There are over 6,000 registered attendees of which more than half are participating in the bring your own computer (BYOC).
Like everything else in Texas, the Gaylord Resort is huge.
Last year the event resided in the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, a suburb of Dallas, TX. It is only ten minutes away from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, which makes this a prime location for those traveling from afar. Planet Quake's PappyR, Chinese gaming superstar "Rocketboy" and a host of other worldwide gaming personalities are in attendance. Thousands more gamers made the trek to gather for the start of QuakeCon 2005. This being the historic 10th annual QuakeCon, the organizers have taken every step to ensure that it is the best ever.