by Will Park

It’s only the first day of GeForce LAN 6 and we’re already pushing full steam ahead aboard the USS Hornet in Alameda, Calif. From load-in and setup to our 32-vs-32 first-round Battlefield 3 tournament to prize giveaways, it’s been a busy day.

Load-in via crane

Our dedicated events team spent most of the morning pulling off a logistical miracle – finish loading all the equipment needed for the event. Moving 600 attendees’ personal gaming rigs, the NVIDIA Freeplay gaming rigs and all manner of exhibition and A/V gear onto the USS Hornet is no easy task, but NVIDIA staff and volunteers prevailed.

The opening ceremonies officially kicked things off in Hangar 1. Phil Eisler, 3D Vision general manager, took to the keynote stage to unveil NVIDIA’s 3DVision 2 technology. He introduced the new 3DVision 2 Wireless Glasses and showed how they can be used with the upcoming crop of 3DVision-capable displays to deliver a brighter 3D image. The revised 3DVision glasses feature larger lenses and a more headphone-friendly shape, offering a more immersive and comfortable 3D experience.

The BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) LAN area

Next up was the first round of competition in the Battlefield 3 tournament, where battle-ready gamers duked it out in 32-vs-32 battle. When the dust settled, only half of the competitors would move on to the next round. Such is the inevitable end to tournament gaming.

Of course, no GeForce LAN would be complete without prizes and contests. The first contest of the event came in the form of a riddle, posted to our @NVIDIAGeForce Twitter account. The answer to the riddle led one lucky attendee to the hidden GeForce GTX560 video card.

As the gaming goes on into the early morning hours, some will retire to the USS Hornet’s crew quarters to get that authentic warship experience. Others will find rest elsewhere. In the end, all roads lead back to GeForce LAN 6 – at least for the next few days.