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Photos: Nvidia's weekend gameaway

Gamers compete in a desolate warehouse at the former Alameda Naval Air Station.

Tom Krazit/CNET Networks
Tom Krazit/CNET Networks

Nvidia is hosting a weekend-long party to celebrate the release of Electronic Arts' Crysis, and gamers from around the San Francisco Bay Area are spending all hours competing for prizes and respect in a desolate warehouse at the former Alameda Naval Air Station.

Several hundred gamers are expected to attend and compete in tournaments playing Crysis, Team Fortress 2, and Madden NFL '08. Nvidia also unveiled a new processor for notebooks during the event at the Area 51 Events Center, which included a look at the state of the PC gaming industry.

For gamers who run out of steam, the graphics chipmaker graciously provided comfy air mattresses in a drafty section of the warehouse. Gamers don't sleep much at these events, according to several attendees, and small wonder: The food table served up every imaginable type of caffeinated beverage, as well as unlimited Snickers, Milky Ways, and Hershey bars. For more photos, click here.