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Teenagers who aren't interested in sport can struggle to find things to do in Adelaide that are fun and interesting. Too often they are told that many activities that they like to do are either too risky or illegal.
StreetGeek have been enormously successful in entertaining young people for eight years now, holding monthly LAN parties at the Colonel Light Gardens Uniting Church, ten minutes south of Adelaide. Each LAN party runs for about 26 hours and attracts over 100 people of all ages, although most are aged 18-30. Competition in games is keen, but the emphasis is on StreetGeek events being social, with gamers encouraged to mix and join in other recreational activities too.
The competitions include well known games such as Starcraft 2, CounterStrike: Global Offensive and League of Legends for the PC. Console players can play games like Super Street Fighter 4, Pokemon, and Mariokart 7.
StreetGeek LAN Parties were initially started by three students from the University of Adelaide, but the broad appeal has ensure that people from all walks of life are involved. There is positive discrimination for females to encourage more participation - prices for females are half that for males. However all prices are very reasonable, typically ranging from $3.50 - $20 depending on whether a PC or game console is used.
The LAN parties are family friendly events that are drug and alcohol free - StreetGeek is non-profit and run by volunteers. Overnight events feature a limited lock-in to minimise disruption to neighbours, and make things safer for young gamers. You're welcome to stop by and just take a look if you're not sure about joining in the first time.
In addition to the monthly parties, there is an annual StreetGeek X LAN party, which is being held this year at the Goodwood Community Centre, 32 Rosa St Goodwood on October 5-6 2013.
For all you need to know about this year's competition including games being played and prizes, see this page. Note that entry for people under 18 is free thanks to sponsorship by the Unley Youth Advisory Committee.
The City of Unley is also generously providing for StreetGeek X
free fruit and water available at all times for all attendees
a free BBQ lunch for all attendees on Saturday from 12:30 pm
a live band performance by Scumbag City between 1 pm to 2 pm Saturday
nerf guns and other outdoor activities during Saturday afternoon
free soup with a roll for dinner on Sunday evening