Computer gamers to converge on UW-W

(Published Nov. 14, 2006, 11:38 a.m.)

Video game junkies looking for something to do Saturday, Nov. 18 should plan to attend IRON LAN VII, a Local Area Network (LAN) party at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

With space available for 150 PC and 80 console gamers, this is one of the biggest events ever held by the UW-Whitewater Warhawk Gaming student organization.

The LAN party runs from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Gym 4 of the Williams Center on the UW-Whitewater campus.

The event is held in cooperation with the Iron Brigade Online Gaming Association and the American Red Cross.

The cost to attend the LAN is $10 for pre-registered, pre-paid attendees and $15 the day of the event. All university students and employees with a valid university ID will receive a $5 discount off the $15 entry fee at the door
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With the additional partnership of the American Red Cross, Warhawk Gaming will host its first-ever charity tournament at 8 p.m. in support of the ongoing humanitarian efforts of the American Red Cross.

Warhawk Gaming has selected F.E.A.R. as the game of choice for the event, as its multi-player portion of the game is freely available to the public and will be available the day of the LAN. In addition, those interested in making donations to the American Red Cross but not wishing to play in the charity event can do so at the check-in table.

A $10 entry fee is necessary to register for the charity event, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross. All participants will receive a free, one-month subscription to the online video game rental service Game Fly provided by Charter Communications and G4TV. The top three contestants will also receive prizes of their choice from a prize pool.

In addition to the charity event, IRON LAN VII will host two team-based computer gaming tournaments and one single-player tournament, sponsored by Charter Communications. The tournaments will pit five-player teams against each other in a single-elimination tournament for cash and sponsored prizes.

Teams will play the popular Battlefield 2 beginning at 11 a.m. and Counter-Strike: Source, the single most popular online action game, at 3 p.m. The single player tournament begins at 5 p.m. and features the real time strategy game, Starcraft. A $5 entry fee is required to participate in each tournament.

Throughout the day, three console tournaments will be held, starting with Smash Brothers: Melee Tournament for the Nintendo Game Cube beginning at 11 a.m. The second event will start at 3 p.m., featuring a Halo 2 tournament for the Microsoft X-Box, and will match four-player teams against each other for cash prizes. The last console event, a Guitar Hero double elimination tournament, will start at 7 p.m. Participants in the console tournaments and Guitar Hero are required to bring their own controllers. A $10 entry fee is also required for each event and tournament.

For those attendees not participating in the cash tournaments, public game servers, open consoles (including at least one XBOX 360) and free tournaments will be available throughout the day. Public servers will be running popular games, such as Counter-Strike: Source, Battlefield 2, F.E.A.R., Quake 4 and Call of Duty 2.

Warhawk Gaming is a PC and console gaming organization that aims to bring gamers together to meet and play cooperatively online and at sponsored events. The organization also works with professional development in the gaming industry. Warhawk Gaming is also part of a larger Wisconsin wide intercollegiate gaming organization, the IRON BRIGADE.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit http://www.iron-lan.com or contact Warhawk Gaming at warhawkgaming@uww.edu.

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