The competition among hardware and software vendors was fierce at WinHEC today, but ATI software engineer James Martin won the $6,500 Alienware game PC given away in the conference’s “Half-Life 2” contest.
A big screen displayed the final shootout that took place at the edge of the convention center’s Pike Street pedestrian overpass. Speakers blasted out the gunfire sounds and a guitarist in Gibson’s nearby booth belted out Van Halen tunes as Martin coasted to victory with a lethal grenade-gravity gun combo move.
Second place in the AMD-sponsored event went to Microsoft engineer Dan Conti and third went to journalist Tom Warren of Neowin.net. They went home with AMD 64-bit dual core processors.
Martin, 38, works on ATI drivers in Markham, Ont., and spends a lot of time gaming online, using a custom PC he built himself. What about the Alienware machine?
“I’m not sure what I’ll do with it,’ he said. “My wife needs an upgrade. …”