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Alex "TheInfamousHOSS" Grant (Hoss for short) comes from a Gaming & Technical background. Hoss first appeared on the gaming scene in the early days of Day of Defeat: Source (DOD:S for short) around 2005, playing it casually on-and-off with CounterStrike Source for about a year before getting the "bug" for clan play. Hoss quickly became involved in the clan scene of Day of Defeat Source in NZ and Australia, building clan teams, competing in competitions including reaching finals on multiple occasions and holding a NZ DOD:S LAN in 2009. Gradually the focus became less specific to DOD:S and the focus broadened to FPS games in general. Later in 2009, Hoss co-created New Zealand Gaming Network (nzgn.co.nz), a community forum and voice server offered free to New Zealanders and a dedicated follwing grew. As the technical side took over on the career side too, an interest in LANs blossomed into a fully fledged addiction making the path to running AuckLAN an inveitability. Alex has since become MCITP and CompTIA A+ certified and has extensive experience in Home and small-to-medium business IT support. Alex recently incorporated his own IT support company, Easy PC (Auckland) Ltd.
I’m into gaming, LAN’s and most other geeky stuff… I work in IT fulltime as a tech/ sales at a company on the north shore in Auckland, when I’m not working im usually gaming or at LAN’s. I have been part of xLAN ( NZ’s biggest LAN party as crew for the past 2 years, but have just started my own event with my mate Alex called AuckLAN. I have been in the ganing scene for the many years and have been to all of NZ’s biggest gaming events like Auckmageddon, Ping Zero, xLAN etc. As a gamer I have been in numerous clans, I was once an owner of NZArmA , one of NZ’s best ArmA 2 clans and a few other smaller clans before joining SMG clan, which is based in Wellington.
Ever since I was a young lad I always had an interest in games and computers. Starting out on a Sega sc-3000 (yes showing my age!). Years of Quake was great! Half-Life soon followed. Then I was off to my first LAN in about May 2000 in Birkenhead. After that came Gaggle LANs, where I also discovered one of my favourite Half-Life mods, Natural Selection (Half-Life Team Fortress was another one of my favourites), and Battlefield 1942. Then A3, Equinox and A4. xLAN was the next LAN, but after the first one in 2004 I lost track of the whole LAN scene.
Picking it up again in 2009, I went to 2 or 3 until it became less about fun and more about competition, and then it disappeared into the void of NZ LAN history. Auckmageddon 5, 6 and 7 came and went; Hoss got me coming to AuckLAN. These days I play Team Fortress 2 and Diablo III. With AuckLAN outgrowing the Browns Bay facilities, and Hoss and Rurd2di needing to take on extra crew, when asked I was happy to jump at the chance.
I'm an avid supporter of Beer Pong. I won the first Beer Pong competition I entered, and am looking forward to running many more so others can experience the fun and competitiveness of one of the greatest games in the world.
I've done A+/Network+ and MCP (in Networking). I play around with servers and virtualisation.
Gaming has always found a place in my life. I have been part of the video game evolution ever since I started jamming out on my commodore 64 as a young sprout. I started playing games seriously with the release of SC2 and have never looked back. As far as competitive gaming goes, I have taken out many tournaments in NZ for games such as, CS Source, CS:GO, SC2 and DOTA 2. With this being said, competitive gaming has its place but so does social gaming. In my opinion there is no better way to play video games than with a few mates having a laugh. My favourite gaming experience goes back a few years when a couple of mates and I sat around an x-box for 3 days until we clocked dungeons and dragons. Gaming with mates and making new friends who share the same passion is what makes LANs so appealing to me.
In RL, I am an Engineering Officer in the Royal New Zealand Air force and specialise in Computers and Electronics. I am also currently the President of the Albany Students’ Association at Massey University where I have pioneered an e-Sports club.
By being part of the AuckLAN team I will use my skills and passion for competitive and social gaming to help provide an epic LAN experience.
Jason is a former Live Stream Operator of Garena eSports Philippines focusing on League of Legends SEA and International. In 2015, he moved to New Zealand to look for a new adventure with different people and cultures. Jason was part of the first ever My Republic NZ Gaming Championship tournament (League of Legends) broadcasted on SKYTV with Aspect of Gaming in 2015. He actively attends and assists with Armageddon and many other gaming events to show support for the LAN and eSports scene in New Zealand. Jason enjoys MMORPGs, MOBAs, LAN games and Console games and has participated in several tournaments with friends from the age of 9 years old. Having recently completed his degree in Information Technology, Jason is continuing to develop his skills in programming and multimedia and brings a wealth of streaming experience and ability to the AuckLAN team.
I have been gaming since around 1990 starting with my Dad's Commodore 64 and then our first PC with DOS games in the mid-90s with DOOM, Quake, Wolfenstein, Duke Nuken 3D etc. Then in the late 90s I bought the PS1 and also a new PC where I played my first online games via MSN Gaming Zone such as AOE2 and Motocross Madness 2 as well as my favourite offline game Half-Life. My love for online gaming really sparked off when Battlefield 1942 came out and I've been a big Battlefield fan since. I prepared for Valve's The Orange Box with another new grunty PC, waiting forever for Half-Life 2, and introduced me to two of my favourite multiplayer games; Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike Source. In the past I hosted a few local LAN partys. My first one we had around 60 people turn up with over 30 Xbox 360s. With full lobbys of Cod and Halo it was hella fun! I recently joined the AuckLAN crew as their photographer/videographer as my professional passion is video production.
Hi Guys, Macros here. Mechanical Engineer by day, CS:GO mouse lifter by night. I spent far too many hours fragging in Action Quake and Rocket Arena in my teenage years and up until recently, Team Fortress 2 (after WoW destroyed by body and soul). Previous contributor to the NZAQ2 scene and community pages.
My favourite LANing experience would have to be playing C&C Red Alert with a full server every other lunch time in intermediate school. The trick would be seeing how long we could play before the teachers came in and pulled the plug. Second would be my first big LAN, Rebirth, that took place in 2000 and consumed multiple levels of the Aotea Centre. With the AuckLAN team, I bring years of experience of being forced to work on graphics and design in my parent’s advertising company.