If it would take a final proof thatvideo and computer games in the U.S., unlike us, have a place in themiddle of society, then it delivers the QuakeCon. How many times inprevious years is also the 16th Edition of America's largest LANparty at the Hilton Anatole place, a sprawling hotel and eventcomplex, ten minutes from downtown Dallas. over the long weekend atthis fourth to 7 August populate not only computer game nearly 10,000fans in a refreshing 18 degrees cooled-down maze of endless corridorsand spacious halls (outside Texas has been suffering for weeks ondaily heat records of 40 degrees or more).

The countless ballrooms and meetingrooms are also still used by cosmetic conferences, weddings and thevociferous Dallas Dance Tournament. Groups turn up the teens andladies in evening dress to meet here so gamers and nerds of all sizesand ages, mostly dressed in sneakers, shorts, and game-Shirts -worlds collide. But nobody is bothered by the other, no one shakeshis head in wonder. Not even when the uniformed bellhop rolls hisluggage carts two sixteen-year-LAN computer screens and their gueststo the LAN area.

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Most surprising to German eyes, however, the composition of theaudience's QuakeCon: Although male visitors between the ages of 15 to25 are in the majority.But the event is also attended by severalfamilies. Father, mother and child come up with a wheelbarrow full ofequipment and while Papa Quake Live zockt, has fun with MamaMinecraft and the little one with WoW . There is no age limit for theevent's not, minors still need the signature of the parents if theywant to stick here to four days at a time on the computer.