GeForce GTX Meetup Recap


Over three-hundred diehard NVIDIA fans descended on the Mezzanine in San Francisco last Wednesday. They were there to test drive the just-released GeForce GTX 680, to sample game demos, view exclusive presentations, indulge in the free food and drink, walk away with a swag bag, and potentially win a brand new top of the line PC. An hour before opening the line had already circled the block, and within a minute of opening the floor was packed.

Mark Rein of Epic Games gave a live demo of the Samaritan demo, running on a single GeForce GTX 680, that left the audience in a fixated jaw-dropped state. Following that, an exclusive video of Borderlands 2 utilizing hardware-accelerated PhysX effects sent a few members of the crowd into a frenzy. "It's definitely the best thing I've seen at the show," said one gamer.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on a four monitor setup was a popular attraction, as was a fully-fledged car simulator powered by 3D Vision Surround.

NVIDIA also held a raffle for Child's Play. The prize? Any PC on the show floor--the winner's pick. Almost $5,700 was raised, and NVIDIA matched ever dollar, raising over $11,000 in the process. Almost everyone bought a ticket, some forking out hundreds of dollars. In the end, the triumvirate of Mark Duran, Kevin Suarez and Matt Reichling prevailed; together, they purchased over $1,500 in tickets. When asked which system they wanted to take home, they responded without hesitation: "Falcon Northwest."

It was a night of fun games, awesome demos, and happy memories. And what a great crowd. In true Bay Area fashion, everyone was a character, with their own style, their own take on gaming, and their own customized gaming PC.

From team green: a big thanks to everyone who came out to meet us. Until next time, GG!