> MAYHEW — Sorcery, swordplay and high-octane action will be in full swing the evening of Friday, Sept. 2, as gamers from throughout the area descend on the Lyceum Auditorium at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus.
> In March, more than 90 gamers attended the LAN (Local Area Network) Party hosted by the EMCC chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. An even bigger turnout is expected Friday at the event that begins at 6 p.m. and runs until midnight, EMCC Information Systems Technology instructor Brandon Sesser said.
> “Everyone is invited to come out and game their hearts out and network with like-minded individuals,” Sesser said.
> Attendees are welcome to bring their own equipment or play what is available.
> “You might see desktop computers, laptop computers, PS1, 2, 3 or 4, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox1, Wii, Nintendo, Sega, Dreamcast, or even a Commodore 64,” Sesser said.
> The event isn’t just for electronic games. Attendees are welcome to bring a deck of cards or their favorite board game.
> “Some people may want to play Monopoly, checkers or chess,” Sesser said.
> People of all ages are encouraged to attend. Children under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, who will have to sign a release form allowing them to participate.
> There is a $5 entry fee payable at the door. Dinner is available for an additional $5 and includes two slices of pizza, chips, a soda and cookies provided by Starkville-based Insomnia Cookies.
> Bragging rights and prizes will also be up for grabs during a gaming competition. There will be eight identical computer stations set up, which must be used by competitors during play.
> During the first round, gamers will compete against each other in Mario Kart, a series of go-kart style racing games played on a Super Nintendo. The winners will advance to the next round where they will play a computer-based game called Team Fortress, which is a shooting game with multiple players.
> The finalists will compete in Super Smash Bros., which features crossover fighting games and is played on a console.
> “By having them compete in different venues, it shows who the best all-around gamers are and not just who is the best on a console or who is best on a PC,” Sesser said.
> The first place winner will receive his or her choice of either a $250 scholarship that can be applied towards a degree from the EMCC Information Systems Technology program, or $25 in cash if the winner is not a nonstudent. A $25 Walmart gift card will be awarded to the second place winner and there will be a $25 gift card from Amazon given away as a door prize.
> Preregistration is not required but Sesser said it is helpful if those who plan to attend let him know so he can get a head count. Sesser can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send him a message through Facebook on the public page titled “AITP (EMCC).”
> ITP EMCC Chapter President Devante Benning-Rice said the LAN Party is not just about gaming.
> “It is also about making new friends while doing what you love to do,” Benning-Rice said.
> Gamers like these from a previous gaming event at East Mississippi Community College are invited to attend the EMCC LAN Party Friday, Sept. 2, at the Golden Triangle campus Lyceum Auditorium.
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> Want to go?
> What: Local Area Network Party for gamers
> When: Friday, Sept. 2, from 6 p.m. to midnight
> Where: Lyceum Auditorium, EMCC Golden Triangle campus
> Cost: $5 entry fee