About 4 years back now I went to i36, one of the LAN parties organised by Multiplay. Had a great time (as I always have done at an i-series, get down there)
Now at the opening ceremony, they were dishing out free stuff, t-shirts, lanyards, the usual stuff.
Plus some of these:
Sennheiser PC 350 headset. A very nice piece of kit, great for gaming, an all round excellent headset.
And not a cheap one. Even today you'll do well to pick up a pair for less than £100.
Anyway, they threw one set into the crowd, and kept the second back to do something with at the end.
I thought to myself They're going to make someone do something embarrassing on stage, then give them the headset.
I kind of have an objective when I go to i-series. The tickets to go cost about £95 now (less if you book early) so I kind of like to try to get free stuff to the same value or more. This sounds tricky but bearing in mind at another one I also won a Intel Quad-Core processor which I then sold for about £150, it's surprisingly possible if you take part in the various competitions and games (which I always think forms part of the festival experience anyway)
So, I made sure I got my hand up first.
And went on stage.
And did this.
For those unaware, I was attempting to replicate the female night-elf dance from World of Warcraft. I'm aware that I missed a chunk of it out (you can see it here) and obviously wasn't that good, but at least the crowd (and many people who have seen it on YouTube since - I never thought about it being recorded!) got a good laugh.
Surprisingly to me, I got a lot of positive feedback afterwards, from people impressed that I was willing to do it.
The other thing I get is people asking for a repeat - I always say that if they're willing to give me another £100+ headset for a minutes work I'll consider it!
Am I pleased that I did it? Ultimately, I guess so. We're on this planet for such a short time (where we go from here we all have our own views on) that shouldn't we really make the most of it? I'd rather be considered weird than boring.
And just to put up some pictures of other people doing stuff...
Here's a photo of my dad playing Just Dance 3 on the Nintendo Wii. With his first attempt ever using a Wii, and using the controller with his other hand (he's left handed) he still did better than me.
And here's my son controlling the touchscreen on my tablet with his nose.