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Call of Duty World at War 24hr Launch Party – Swinburne 2008

November 9th, 2008 1 comment

This weekend saw the 24-hour launch party for Call Of Duty 5: World At War at Swinburne University in Hawthorn (my old uni). With a scourge of ubber nerds and geeks gathering from all around town to come play CoD5 first.

Xbox 360 Setup Library Atarium
Amongst the promoters were Alienware – who provided PCs, Sapphire Technologies – who’s graphic cards donned the Alienware boxes, Razer – Keyboard & Mice, V – to help keep the gamers on the ball and Microsoft who graciously provided a stack (100 or so) Xbox 360s to keep things moving.

Activision even went so far as to keep the troops entertained with several models representing Alienware, Razer and ATI for eye-candy (because you know some geek out there is going to want to get their picture taken with them) – which reminds me:

Call of Duty Babe

I didn’t a chance to take too many shots – far too busy playing CoD5, but everything that was taken is available in the Swinburne Call Of Duty 5 Launch set on Flickr. It was a night of (maybe too much) gaming – which was followed by a quick 4hr ‘break’ to play at a LAN Games at another venue not too far from uni, dinner at the good old Hong Kong Seafood Hut and an overload of caffeine (V, Mochas, Red Bulls). Aside from CoD5, inside the BA building, you could jam out to some Guitar Heroes if all this mindless, senseless killing is gotten to you.

Everyone attending got to take home a show-bag with some goodies – self-heating coffee mug, dog tag, CoD hat, t-shirt, CoD pen, lanyard and just to confuse you, a copy of Spider-Man 3 for PC. You could also buy a copy of the game and gear but if the price was any indication, I doubt many did.

Of course, Swinburne’s big promo of hosting the launch is to bring to light the awesome games oriented degree they offer. The double degree probably takes the cake for having the longest title for a university degree in the history of the world and competes directly with RMIT’s BIT: Games & Graphics Programming degree.

Bachelor of Multimedia (Games and Interactivity) / Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Software Engineering)

Take a looksy, who knows, you could be working on the next Call Of Duty!

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Update since the last post…

April 15th, 2008 No comments

So many things have happened since the start of the year that I’ve not really bothered to update my old blog apart from when Windows Vista Service Pack 1 was released to testers.

I finally finished by undergrads in 2007 and graduated in March this year bringing to an end that chapter of my life, it kind of feels weird to realise that University is over – though I do plan on doing my masters soon (and by soon I mean within the next few years!). Earlier this year I also left Vividas, leaving me to take a well deserved (atleast thats what I keep telling myself) few months off getting acquainted with life again.

My aunt and my youngest cousin from Sri Lanka came for my graduation which was super-exciting considering it was their first visit. So we took them around Oz, I think we covered about 4000Km by car and about 2000km by plane. From the usual Canbera & Sydney (one by plane and the others in the car) to Mt. Gambier, Philip Island, Mildura, Bega, Echuca, Ballarat etc.

Next up (infact within a week) I’ll  be jetting away to Korea then Japan for a 6 week backpack around the country. Something I’ve always wanted to do, but never really had the time to take off work – so now that I’m unemployed (to a certain degree) its time to make the most of it!

Unless I manage to squeeze the old posts from the old blog into the new WordPress driven blog in the next few days, the next few posts will be about my trip. I’ll be taking my lappy (the lovely Dell M1330) with me to document my journey.

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