Wednesday, July 17

Team to play computer games on top of Mount Kinabalu

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KOTA KINABALU: A 12-member computer team from the State Computer Service Department and Sabah Technopreneurs Association (SATA) will be scaling Mount Kinabalu right up to its summit and then establish a local area network (LAN) to allow them to play computer games while at the top.

“It is the first time we’re doing this, although we hope it can be made into an annual affair,” the official for the event, Disney E Lai Bruno Voon said yesterday before they were flagged off by Resource development and Information Technology Ministry permanent secretary Bruno Voon.

He added that they would be heading up theKinabaluParkheadquarters for one day to check their equipment.

Their trek up the mountain will begin today at7.45amand they shall assemble at the Timpohon Gate at8.30amand are expected to arrive at Gunting Lagadan or Panar Laban about3pm.

On November 23, they will start their summit ascend at3amand are expected to arrive at Low’s Peak at5.45am. “We will start our LAN party at6amand finish up about7am,” he said.

He added that they hope the weather will permit them to do what they set out to do.

“We are afraid it would rain. We will not be able to fulfill our objective to do the LAN party atop the mountain if it rains,” he said.

A LAN party, by definition, is a gathering of people with computers among whom they establish a local area network, primarily for the purpose of playing multi-player computer games.

The goal, he said, is to successfully organise and host a LAN party on the highest point in Malaysia.

Other objectives of the event are to advance the awareness of ICT by attempting the landmark challenge, to enter into the Malaysian Book of Records, an attempt that shall be made by Sabahans on top of Sabah’s most treasured natural pride, to demonstrate human and machine endurance and to experience the thrill and excitement of extreme altitude gaming.