MSI went big at rAge

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This year’s Really Awesome Gaming Expo had a whole host of huge stands where visitors could experience a range of gaming and tech. We’ve talked a lot about the offerings from the usual cast of characters in local gaming distribution, but what was most notable to me this year was just how massive and busy the stands were for tech and PC gaming.

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The main stand for MSI was in cooperation with the rad guys from Evetech. There, they were running some rad bundles where you could get games or peripherals with various purchases of MSI products. Meanwhile, over on the Computers Only stand, those who purchased MSI products stood a chance to win MSI notebooks or motherboards with graphics cards. But they weren’t just limited to their activities on the floor of the expo – they also sponsored prizes in the DGC and organized this year’s press room.

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The main stand itself always had a massive queue, stretching into the aisles behind it. Why? Well, as much as I’d like to say it’s because everyone wanted to take a selfie with the giant dragon on show, it was actually because they had the Oculus Rift. That’s right, people could go face-on with Virtual Reality and see what all the fuss was about. I doubt they got the fully immersive experience – you need to be in a quiet room with proper headphones to really feel like you’re in the virtual reality created with the headset, but it was still a great opportunity for South African gamers to see what all the fuss is about when it comes to VR.

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Not content to contain themselves at their main stand, they actually had a secondary stand as well. There, they had the top two South African overclockers showing off what it means to overclock an MSI rig, helping up and coming overclockers learn more and get involved. Perhaps this is a field where South Africans might grow in the future – if these guys could keep their machinery cool while overclocking in the oven that was the Dome this past weekend, they might just be miracle workers.

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I missed it, but our very own Kyle “Congo” Wolmarans informed me that they also had two of the top women CS:GO players go head to head in a 1v1 match on the stand. Both of them are sponsored by MSI, of course, and it’s great to see the company doing something active and visible to promote women in gaming and women in eSports. Best of all, a bunch of guys thought that they were good at CS:GO and tried to play against BiSH and ShazZ, only to be utterly annihilated. It’s always great when eSports pros show off exactly why they are the professionals, but it’s somehow even more fun and satisfying when that also includes breaking some gender stereotypes.

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Also, I just want to take a moment and thank them for sponsoring the press room this year. I know most of you were stuck down on the show floor, swimming in the sea of people and sweat, but the press was incredibly happy to hide away upstairs in air conditioning with cool drinks thanks to the extremely cool people of MSI.

Last Updated: October 14, 2015

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • DragonSpirit009

    If went I might have ended up in jail. Would have totally tried to steal the dragon XD

    • VampyreSquirrel

      Walk up like you belong, pick it up and walk away nonchalantly… you could have gotten away with it 😛

      • Brady miaau

        We did that in a bar once. Walked out with glasses, past bouncer. So the owner tells the bouncer to search us later. So a friend of mine takes a BAR STOOL and holds it while being frisked for glasses and walks. When close to the car the bouncer gave chase, but too late.

        Walk as if you OWN it certainly helps in situations like that.

        • VampyreSquirrel

          Hahahaha, yeah it does… more often than people know.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    I’m sure you enjoyed the chance to get off your feet in a cold area Zoe.

    I skipped the whole of rAge and the meetup… having a new member of the extended family didn’t help my social life this past weekend 😛

  • Brady miaau

    Yeah, my wife playing Tekken 3 and making a whole room go silent, about 12 people, was priceless. Some guy makes a comment about woman not being good, so another friend, who is a Tekken champion, choose Xianhou (chinese girl, spelling?) and hands my wife the controller.

    Round starts, King attacks and is dropped, near perfect. Room went still. Priceless.

    Why? Cause the Tekken expert used to visit us regularly and would give tips on playing.

    • WitWolfy

      “Teken expert”? Wonder if he puts that into his CV too?

      • Brady miaau

        Yeah, why not?

        I would be impressed if I read that on someone’s CV when looking at a potential hire. Um.

        • WitWolfy

          Not dissing the dude, just curious. I wonder if a dude would take me serious if I put.. “Plays most Guitar Hero songs on Hard”.. Will have to find out someday…

          • Brady miaau

            I would not be impressed, if listed under hobbies. But I would not mind asking about hobbies during an interview and hearing that. Just my two cents.

  • Nikola

    Look at all that shiny MSI tech wish I wasn’t a poor console peasant and can afford a powerful PC rig;)

    I checked the price of some of the PC there and yeah can buy 4 PS4 for once PC hahaha!

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