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HardwareZone Goes Wild for Its 15th Anniversary

By Hafeez Sim - 25 Sep 2013

Let the Games Begin!

Let the Games Begin!

It was now time for everyone to set out in search of their respective game stations. Thankfully, the weather was bright and sunny, so there was no danger of being caught in the rain. There were four game stations spread out around the Forest Lodge; this gave the participants the opportunity to also explore the zoo while moving from station to station. And to make things more interesting, small stickers were placed along the routes for the participants to discover. Teams who discovered these "easter eggs" were awarded additional points.

Participants checking out which station their group needed to be at for the first game.

Oh, what do we have here? A sticker...

Capture the Moment

Arriving at the KidzWorld Challenge area, teams were handed pictures of people adopting various poses around the game venue in order to play the "Capture the Moment" game. The task was to adopt the same poses and take a picture with the aid of a Sony Xperia Z Ultra smartphone. But that's not all though, they also had to take the picture at the location depicted in the handouts. While it may sound easy to strike a pose, many poses were unconventional and required a good dose of courage to do them in public.

It's not easy to get the pose right even if you have the picture in your hand.

There's also the possibility of getting wet in the midst of capturing the shot, though there's no worry about getting the Sony Xperia Z Ultra wet since it's water-resistant.

Catching the giant squid?

At the end of each mini-game, each team was required to take a group photo. There were different themes for each game station, and the group who best portrayed the theme in their group shot stood to win prizes.


Hear Ye, Hear Ye

Located at the Garden with a View area, teams at this game station were required to put on the Audio-Technica ATH-XS5 and ATH-RE70 headphones to listen to songs that had the sounds and calls of various animals sprinkled in. With the HP Envy x2 laptops' built-in Beats Audio kicking in, participants not only had to identify how many types of animals were in the audio clip, but also had to identify the animals themselves. This station awarded points to individuals who had the right answers, so everyone was deep in concentration. For once, there were actually moments of silence during a game.

Identifying the types of animals may not be impossible, but to identify the actual animal is another matter...

It was not easy to identify the various animals, with many of the participants concentrating intently while listening to the audio tracks.

Don't forget the obligatory team snapshot after completing each mini-game.



Moving on to the Tropical Crops area, each team made use of an HP Envy x2, which can be converted from a laptop to a tablet by sliding the keyboard off, to play a few rounds of Pictionary. After choosing a representative to draw out the word or phrase given to him or her by the game master on the tablet, the rest of the team had to guess the right answer. While we won't comment on our HardwareZone members' drawing skills, suffice to say, everyone had fun trying to make sense of their team mates' drawings. 

The HP Envy x2 allowed the teams to unleash their drawing skills, though we have no idea why many opted to go with the yellow ink brush.

The 11.6-inch HP Envy x2 has a multi-touch screen, which is great for those who like to doodle.

Can you guess this phrase? (Clue: It involves doing something wrong.)


Speak the Lingo

Here at the Boat Dock 2, was the station that rewarded those of our members that participated regularly in our forums. Each team had to choose an envelope containing a number of pictures taken from our very forums. They had to guess the meme or text associated with the respective images, and points were awarded to participants who guessed correctly. Suffice to say, 'GPGT' and 'Cool story, bro' made an appearance.

"Hmm, I'm sure I saw QFT on the forum quite a few times. What was it again?"

Even our younger participants wanted to get in on the guessing of memes and lingo.

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