Gaming hits the big screen

For once, at least, in a good way.

Much as we like our plasma and wide screen TVs around here (if and when Security lets us near them), we're still forced to measure things in inches. Stroll into an IMAX theatre though and it's all feet. Hell, yards. And the thought of playing games on a screen the size of a five-a-side football pitch fills us with the sort of joy usually reserved for, well, watching the Italians go out of Euro 2004 thanks to some mathematically improbable Scandinavian goalscoring. Tee hee!

However, if you happen to be in San Jose, California on July 23rd, it's something you just might be in a position to do. The San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation is hosting a gaming tournament, with finals played on a 40' by 60' projection screen with 13,000 watt, 44-speaker sound system in an IMAX Dome, with tournaments for nine games on offer - Super Monkey Ball 2, NASCAR Thunder 2004, SSX 3, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Downhill Domination, and of course Halo.

There's also the chance to meet some developers, watch the Halo 2 trailer on the big screen and talk to the two creators of Red vs. Blue, although as only the merest fraction of you stand any chance of getting there anyway, we'll spare you the rest of the minutiae and leave you to dream, as we are, of playing games on a screen bigger than a house... Games that aren't NASCAR Thunder, anyway.

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