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Renting skips Insomnia LAN headaches

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As well organised as the Insomnia LAN events are, there are a number of issues that are intrinsic with a large scale LAN experience: there will be queues and there is always the chance you’ll break something important. One solution that’s becoming increasingly popular is renting systems and the prices …

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The weird and wonderful at Multiplay i56

Although far from its largest show of the year, Multiplay’s major Christmas LAN event, Insomnia 56 (i56) still has a lot on show. While we’d love to take you all with us on a virtual tour of the entire show, we can’t quite afford that new Nokia VR camera just …

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HTV Vive is the VR must see at Multiplay i56

Although Oculus is the darling of the virtual reality world, HTC’s Vive headset has been making waves since it started shipping out to developers who wanted to build games and experiences for its commercial release. However the general public have had a chance to play around with the headset and …

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Insomnia i55 – the games, the booths, the rigs

Insomnia i55 might make you walk a long way to get there, but i55 is, like most Multiplay events, packed with interesting things to look at and do. There’s a few new games to try, a lot of hardware on show and plenty of desktop PCs that will make you …

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Coming to Multiplay i55? Bring your walking shoes

Multiplay’s latest Insomnia event, i55, has a parking problem. It’s not clear if it’s just because it’s become a victim of its own success, has been planned poorly, or a combination of the two, but there are thousands of people who have been unable to park near enough to the …

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Up close and personal with Chillblast systems

Trusting your preferred system builder and component manufacturers means that many of us will never see the computer we buy, before we buy it. Major LAN events give you a great chance to get hands-on, so that’s what KitGuru did with Ben Miles from Chillblast. We’ve had Ben in the KitGuru …

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Gigabyte generates vital cash for baby hospice at i54

One thing that everyone notices at major gaming LAN events like the Multiplay Insomnia series, is the overwhelming spirit of ‘goodwill to all’. Breaking with booth babe and blast em up action tradition, Gigabyte decided to do something different at i54 this Easter weekend. KitGuru was on hand to see the …

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Going to i54 this weekend? So are we

Update: It looks like with less than 24 hours to go before the event starts, all of the tickets are sold out. Sorry to those that didn’t get in there in time, but for those that are attending, we’ll see you there. This weekend kicks off the first Multiplay Insomnia …

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GAME acquires Multiplay for £20 million

UK retailer GAME has made quite the comeback since its 2012 bankruptcy. Now the company is venturing in to new territory by acquiring Multiplay, who many of you will know as being behind the I-series Insomnia LAN events here in the UK. GAME is managing to nab Multiplay for £20 …

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Gamers attracted to smaller chassis says Cooler Master

While they are famous for huge chassis like the Cosmos II and Storm Trooper etc, KitGuru learned up at Multiplay i53 that there is a definite increase in interest around small form factor chassis among gamers. Chris Gough explains the draw. While Chris didn’t actually say that Cooler Master is selling …

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Thermaltake Core V 51 chassis spotted at Multiplay i53

Multiplay’s legendary Insomnia events are a great place to get hands-on with a ton of kit that you don’t normally find in the shops. On hand for Thermaltake was Martin Pajenkamp to explain the cool features of his Core V51 chassis. Have to say that we do like an intelligently …

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Utopia Computers exquisite paint job at Multiplay i53

At some point or another, we’ve all been tempted to paint a chassis. Whether you botched it with a roller or made your best effort using a primed surface and layers of spray paint, it’s unlikely that you will have managed better than this system from Utopia Computers on the …

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Thermaltake Core V1 at Multiplay i53

Small Form Factor fever seemed to spread through the halls at Multiplay’s Insomnia i53. We all remember the ‘time of the Shuttles’ – around 10 years ago – but the problem was that the specifications were very weak. Now that does not have to be the case. Also, prices have …

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Overclockers UK delivery to your desk at Insomnia i53

Once thousands of hardcore gamers have entrenched themselves with their clan/mates at a Multiplay event like i53, they really don’t want to move. So what happens if you need a repair, upgrade or gift?  No problem, Overclockers UK have pioneered an effective Delivery to your Desk system – which doubles-up …

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Cooler Master Keyboard Olympics at Multiplay i53

Getting someone to say “I love you” – even if they don’t necessarily mean it – is a pretty decent marketing play. One that Cooler Master had going in full effect up at Multiplay’s Insomnia i53 LAN gaming event at the massive Ricoh Arena in Coventry over the weekend. KitGuru …

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Fnatic COO tells us what it takes to make it in eSports

Spend any time around kids and you will be asked, “Can I be a gamer when I grow up?”.  When there was no money in electronic sports (eSports), the question was moot – there was no living to be made. Then a handful of plucky players started to earn some …

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What’s on at Multiplay i52?

Multiplay iSeries events aren’t the world’s biggest exhibitions – they are still built around the LAN itself afterall – but they’re getting bigger every year, which means its ever harder to decide what to showcase as part of our “what’s on at Multiplay series.” We’ve covered iSeries events before, which …

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Multiplay i52 kicks off with gusto

Multiplay’s bi-yearly gaming festival, the Insomnia iSeries, is in full swing at the moment and as usual, the opening ceremony was a cacophony of shouts, screams and freebies, as OCUK, Iiyama and 2K Games dispensed goodies to the eagerly stretching hands of those in attendance. The summer LAN is always …

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MSI and YoYotech to team up at Multiplay i52

If you’re heading to the Multiplay Insomnia i52 LAN party next week, then make sure you say hi if you spot us wandering around. On top of that though, you’re probably going to want to stop by the YoYotech booth too, as it’s teaming up with MSI to offer some …

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Insomnia has grown enormously at i51 – Impressive stuff

Parents all want, pretty much, the same thing for their kids. It’s all university, professional career, kids and retirement near the sea. So what happens when a ‘bad seed’ comes along and decides that being a surgeon is a bad idea and that playing games for the rest of your …

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The most gorgeous systems at Multiplay i51 – Part Two

Welcome back hardware lovers. Did we successfully get your juices flowing in Part One?   Good.  We didn’t stop searching for beauty all day long and we were up late last night picking the very best for you. Here’s the second instalment of the Most Gorgeous Systems from Multiplay i51 …

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The most gorgeous systems at Multiplay i51 – Part One

While the event itself is a celebration of pure gaming enjoyment, and most of the 19,000 turnstile clicks over the Bank Holiday weekend will belong to gamers with regular style PCs, there’s no denying that some folks make a lot more effort and boy does their work attract some serious …

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Overclockers unleash 8-Pack and X-Men attack at i51

For any of you who follow comic strips, you know that even if our side is threatened with defeat, there is always a hero or two on standby – ready to avenge the fallen. At Multiplay’s i51 event up at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, Overclockers brought plenty of back-up. …

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Wargames and Indies at Multiplay i51

There’s always a lot of hardware and AAA gaming on show at megaLANs like Multiplay’s iSeries, but if you’re in the mood for something a little different, visiting the indie zone is certainly worth your visit and there’s even a wargaming booth giving you a chance to coo over awesome …

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Here’s what’s on at Multiplay i51

If you’re heading down to i51 later today, super-powered rig in tow, or are just planning on popping by for one day this weekend, it’s worth knowing what’s there to enjoy. There’s games, booths, hardware, Tshirts and swag alongside all the tournaments, but here’s what I saw in my first …

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Going to Multiplay i51? Look out for KitGuru

Are you heading to Multiplay’s i51 this weekend? If you are then be on the lookout for KitGuru staff, as a few of us are attending in official, and less so, capacities, to get some gaming done, as well as see what new tech, games and fun are on offer …

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ASUS ROG to sponsor DotA 2 cup at Insomnia 51

If (like me) you’re booking your seat at Multiplay’s i51 this morning and you’re a fan of MOBAs, then you’ll be excited to hear that ASUS and its Republic of Gamer brand is sponsoring a DotA 2 tournament at the big LAN party and at all further Insomnia events throughout …

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