GreenTubeLAN was formed by a group of university friends who ran their first event in April 2006 as part of the Monash Peninsula IT Club in Frankston. With popular gaming titles like Counter Strike: Source, Team Fortress 2, Quake 3 Arena and Age of Empires 2 with a sprinkling of fun games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Multiplayer (SAMP), Theme Hospital and V8 Challenge, GreenTubeLAN events were great fun. [Read more about GreenTubeLAN here...]
One of the founding team members - Terajiogga / Orbiiter - now known as Withdr4wn - joined forces with Nuke to bring a larger event back to South-East Melbourne which later became LAN-slide.
In April 2005 La` Nugget attempted to run it's first event in a church hall in Bentleigh East. Despite the efforts of the admin team, the event was cancelled due to low attendance. Later in 2009, the team gained the courage to have a relaunch event in another church hall in Bentleigh East.
At the time, Battlefield 2, Call of Duty, Counter-Strike and TF2 were increasing in popularity. Most events included a free sausage sizzle. Occasionally you even received a cooked one. Quite a few events consisted of a midnight drive down to the closest McDonalds to buy lots of chicken nuggets.
After 6 successful events, the founding member Nuke decided to join forces with Withdr4wn to a start new venture called LAN-slide.
In recognising the difficulty with Steam and an increase in online-server-only games, Nuke and Withdr4wn began the search for a larger venue with a view to re-launch a large event in South East Melbourne. While some prospects did exist, they fell through mainly due to timing difficulties, internet availability and perhaps we weren't totally prepared for planning the larger event.
In late 2011, we received a phone call from Melbourne PC User Group in Moorabbin. The club was looking to attract younger members to the club and we were looking for a venue to host a large event. With the prospect of Fibre Internet, an air-conditioned office space, a dedicated server rack - the new venue felt like a very good opportunity. [Read more about Melb PC User Group here...]
After contacting over 100 venues, what was evidently clear is that council restrictions and uncertainty were big factors in a lot of rejections. We shortlisted three venues and finally found a new venue in Noble Park that enabled us to keep the entry fee at $25.00. The location was fairly easy to get to, plenty of on-street parking and could easily fit over 200 players. 2 teeny-weeny problems: not enough power and no Internet. [Read more about Noble Park Community Center here...]
Back to the drawing board. After the previous 100+ venue hunt, there weren't many left. We rang around Community Centres, universities and schools, scout and community halls. Knowing that power comes in on wheels - all we really needed was four walls, a roof and some means of getting internet. After a much shorter venue hunt, Aspendale Gardens Community Centre said YES! In shock after such an easy yes - we immediately looked at the venue. We decided this could be a great opportunity - particularly considering it was right next to a Food court, we had a power solution, the venue was larger again and we had access to a few different methods for internet. [Read more about Aspendale Gardens Community Center here...]