MPCon

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MPCon is an organization established in south-eastern Michigan which hosts LAN Parties to bring together gamers of all likes for a 3 day event, 2-3 times a year. This event is Bring Your Own PC, and is open all day and night with festivities including tournaments, free game play, and free pizza.

History[edit]

MPCon has its roots at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, ranked #9 in the nation for Gaming Colleges.[1] The event filled the Mary and Arthur Kochoff Hall in the University Center building, and the Recreation Organization Center before that. In August 2007, they moved to Eastern Michigan University where they have held their events ever since.

The LAN party started in 1997 as a LAN party for a QuakeWorld Team Fortress clan called Ministry of Pain. ]MP[ was a well known clan throughout the Team Fortress community. The ]MP[ banner lives on in Blizzard's World of Warcraft, and more recently in Team Fortress 2. MPCon stands for ]MP[ Conference, or Ministry of Pain Conference. Today, however, we encourage everyone to attend.

MPCon had teamed up with Gamers Outreach Foundation (GOF) to host a charity event called Gamers for Giving, a combined event featuring the MPCon LAN Party and an Xbox 360 Halo 3 Tournament. All proceeds were dealt with by the Gamers Outreach Foundation.

They have also teamed up with Penguicon. MPCon hosted a Gaming Room & LAN party at Penguicon 6.0 and 7.0, and the internet and PC room at Penguicon 8.0

Since 1997, they have hosted over 25 major events.

MPCon In The News[edit]

  • MPCon has been featured on the UPN 10 o'clock news and the Detroit Free Press. The University of Michigan - Dearborn was ranked #9 in the nation for Gaming Colleges because of MPCon[2][3][4]
  • MPCon is also featured in the September 2006 issue of Reporter,[5] a University of Michigan-Dearborn faculty/staff newsletter, as well as the University of Michigan - Dearborn News. It also appeared on the University of Michigan - Dearborn Homepage.[6]
  • MPCon was featured in the University of Michigan - Dearborn Alumni Legacy Magazine Spring 2007 issue.[7]
  • MPCon XVIII received some attention from the Detroit Free Press on June 10, 2007.
  • The Gamers for Giving event hosted by the Gamers Outreach Foundation and MPCon was featured on Fox 2 News Detroit
  • The Second Gamers for Giving event had a plug the Thursday before the event, where GOF founder Zach Wigal was interviewed by Fox 2 News Detroit [8]

MPCon Event History[edit]

Event Name Date Location Attendees
MPCon I March 12–14, 1999 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 50
MPCon II June 18–20, 1999 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 60
MPCon III March 18–20, 2000 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 155
MPCon IV July 14–16, 2000 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 155
MPCon 4.5 January 26–28, 2001 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 155
MPCon V March 9–11, 2001 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 155
MPCon VI June 31-July 2, 2001 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 155
MPCon VII September 22–24, 2001 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 155
MPCon VIII January 11–13, 2002 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 155
MPCon IX March 8–10, 2002 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 155
MPCon X June 14–16, 2002 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 155
MPCon XI November 1–3, 2002 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 155
MPCon XII February 28-March 3, 2003 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 155
MPCon XIII June 25–27, 2003 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 160
MPCon XIV March 5–7, 2004 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 170
MPCon XV December 3–5, 2004 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 184
MPCon XVI June 16–18, 2006 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 196
MPCon XVII January 5–7, 2007 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 185
MPCon XVIII June 15–17, 2007 The University of Michigan - Dearborn 209
MPCon XIX August 24–26, 2007 Eastern Michigan University 61(Test LAN)
MPCon XX February 29-March 2, 2008 Eastern Michigan University 400+ (Includes Halo Tournament)
MPCon XXI April 18–20, 2008 Troy Hilton (Penguicon 6.0) 1000+ (Including Conventioners)
MPCon XXII July 25–27, 2008 Eastern Michigan University 200
MPCon XXIII February 27-March 1, 2009 Eastern Michigan University 450+ (Includes Halo Tournament)
MPCon 23.5 May 1–3, 2009 Romulus Crowne Plaza (Penguicon 7.0) 1100+ (Including Conventioners)
MPCon XXIV July 24–26, 2009 Eastern Michigan University 344
MPCon XXV July 9–11, 2010 Eastern Michigan University 275
MPCon 25.5 March 19–20, 2011 The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 55 (Test LAN)
MPCon XXVI April 27–29, 2012 Dearborn Hyatt Regency (Penguicon 12.0) TBD

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