For anyone who?s ever played videogames on a massive telly or projector screen, the sentiment is always the same ? bigger is better. That?s why the upcoming Maxgames videogame tournament in San Jose, California, is going to be a genuinely awesome spectacle. The organisers are displaying games on a 40? by 60? IMAX Giant Dome Screen, and pumping the in-game audio through 44 speakers.
There are nine separate competitions being held for the following popular games: DDRMAX2 (PS2), Downhill Domination (PS2), Halo (Xbox), Mario Kart Double Dash (Gamecube), NASCAR Thunder 2004 (PS2), SSX3 (Xbox), Super Monkey Ball 2 (Gamecube), Super Smash Brothers Melee (Gamecube) and Tony Hawk?s Pro Skater 4 (PS2). The prizes have yet to be revealed, although frankly, getting to play Monkey Ball 2 on a super-size cinema screen is ample reward in itself.
If you happen to be in the vicinity of the Tech Museum in San Jose on July 23, you could do a lot worse than popping in and having a look at what is, quite literally, the biggest event in gaming.