HP Blackbird Banned from Gaming Competition!

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News Posted: Tue, Apr 1 2008 3:52 PM

It's too fast, says the International PC Gaming Association (IPCGA)!

April 1, 2008 – The International PC Gaming Association (IPCGA), the largest non-profit membership organization serving PC game developers and enthusiasts, today announced that HP Blackbird 002 has been banned from next month’s 2008 International PC Gaming Tournament due to concerns that the next-gen PC is too powerful.

The IPCGA’s International PC Gaming Tournament represents the PC gaming industry’s largest worldwide annual gaming competition. The prestigious event features top PC gaming competition with more than 1,000 top-tier players from all over the world.

The IPCGA’s official reasons for the disqualification of the HP Blackbird 002 include:

• Liquid Cooling: The completely enclosed, tool-less entry, liquid-cooling system never needs the periodic maintenance that other systems demand.
• Six-way airflow: Micro vents line all six sides of the Blackbird's aluminum chassis ensuring long-term gaming.
• Maximum performance components: Blackbird contains performance-tuned components, enabling higher performance than standard versions.

“The HP Blackbird 002 is just too bloody powerful. It creates unfair competition. Forget about a ‘one-arm-behind your back disadvantage,’ playing another machine against the Blackbird would be like playing without a head. It ain’t pretty,” said Farad Soliploy, President, IPCGA. “We believe that gamers would be better off brushing their teeth with a cactus rather than head into a competition against a HP Blackbird 002. We stand behind our decision to ban the machines from our Tournament.”

Despite banning the HP Blackbird from the official competition, the IPCGA has confirmed that it has indeed bought five of the next-gen gaming machines and will continue to “thoroughly test and evaluate” them in-house using the latest PC games. According to Soliploy, IPCGA staff were proving reluctant to part with their Blackbirds and unpack their older machines from storage.


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replied on Tue, Apr 1 2008 3:57 PM
April fools i said that before i even read the article.. Why ? Everyone knows there is no such thing as too fast when it comes to computing performance.
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Lol, good call. I might have actually believed that. It's just ridiculous enough to actually be a real PR stunt.

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When i see the words "HP" and "too fast for gaming" in the same sentence... I hurt inside... I wouldn't have believed it even if it wasnt April 1st!

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AjayD replied on Tue, Apr 1 2008 9:16 PM
Not at all convincing. April fools or not such a statement would have to be considered a joke. Is it just me, or are almost all April fools jokes pretty lame? I liked Google's much better. Virgle Pioneer

 

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replied on Tue, Apr 1 2008 10:16 PM

Actually the Blackbird is one of the best gaming machines around.. HP bought VM Micro i think it was or some other gaming boutique a while back and so their gaming systems are actually pretty good.

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AjayD replied on Tue, Apr 1 2008 10:51 PM
Indeed HP bought out Voodoo. I think the Blackbird is currently the best gaming rig you can buy from any major manufacturer. It is definitely a cut above anything Dell has out at the moment. My previous comment was made in reference to the idea of banning any system for being too powerful. Any enthusiast knows there is know such thing, as you stated.

 

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Dev replied on Tue, Apr 1 2008 11:15 PM

AjayD:
Indeed HP bought out Voodoo. I think the Blackbird is currently the best gaming rig you can buy from any major manufacturer. It is definitely a cut above anything Dell has out at the moment. My previous comment was made in reference to the idea of banning any system for being too powerful. Any enthusiast knows there is know such thing, as you stated.
 

 Then again Dell do own Alienware.

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It took me about 15 seconds to realize it was April fools joke/propoganda.  I thought maybe it was banned for reasons such as exploding, but that I saw that they were kissing their own ass.Big Smile 

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ice_73 replied on Wed, Apr 2 2008 8:06 AM
its an april fools joke lol took me a sec to realize that but then it hit me, hp computers are 100x slower than custom made computers

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vicaphit replied on Wed, Apr 2 2008 10:53 AM

I can't believe I forgot to check out the google april fools joke!  They always have the best ones!

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trueg50 replied on Wed, Apr 2 2008 8:35 PM

 After the thought of "April fools joke?" was, "Ok,how much did HP pay for this?".

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AjayD replied on Wed, Apr 2 2008 11:33 PM

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 Then again Dell do own Alienware.
 

I forgot Dell bought out Alienware. Thus I stand corrected. After comparing the best configurations available for the Blackbird and Alienware's offerings, I found Alienware has more current hardware available. They must have recently updated their motherboards and processors, because they didn't have the QX9770 available last time I looked at their site.

 

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At first I thought it was related to Power Consumption in LanPArties..

...April's Fools :s

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higgamo replied on Sat, Apr 12 2008 10:41 AM

if it can play crysis with all it high system with out EVER slowing down a bit then MAYBE ill give it a chance, lol and it that the case ill who buy it lol. 

funny april fools ! 

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AFinnie replied on Thu, Apr 17 2008 1:09 AM
higgamo: The HP Blackbird 002 can definitely play Crysis. Check it out...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99ejOqpEJbQ
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higgamo replied on Thu, Apr 17 2008 9:24 AM

AFinnie:
higgamo: The HP Blackbird 002 can definitely play Crysis. Check it out...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99ejOqpEJbQ
 

true but doesnt show it working with AA on at any level xD 

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On Very High at 1920, you don't need AA with Crysis imo.  Not that I wouldn't welcome it, but it's a hell of a good looking game.

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