Written by GM Saelis
As someone with a phobia of dirt and all things gross, I have a problem with cybercafes. Here’s the deal - they’re usually dusty, cramped, dark places that are just crawling with germs. For the life of me, I do not understand why many cybercafes insist on having little to no lighting. I’m still dreading the day that a coc-kroach crawls onto my hand from behind the monitor. It is not a pretty thought.
I digress. Anyway, when I headed to the newly-opened Garena Stadium, I was afraid that the Battle Arena was going to be one of those dark, scary places. I was pleasantly surprised.
Hurray for bright, well-lit gaming! I breathed a sigh of relief that the Garena Stadium wouldn’t deteriorate into one of those terrible, germ-ridden places.
So now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, how do the computers fare? I’m quite an enthusiast when it comes to computers - my home computer is a beast - so it’s a good thing the computers here are pretty awesome. No, really.
The Dell Alienware X51 kicks some serious ass; you’re not gonna be able to blame your noob death on a laggy com anymore. The Intel Core i7-3770 is at the top of the line in terms of consumer processors - it doesn’t get much better than that. I should know, since I’m using it On the graphics front, it’s the NVIDIA 660GTX which is pretty darn good as well.
But let’s get to the peripherals. Sure, if you’re a terrible player, the best mouse in the world isn’t gonna make you pro, but for us who shell out hard cash for our favourite mice and keyboards, it’s nice to know that the gear over at the Stadium isn’t far off from our usual weapons of choice - heck, for some of us it may be a huge upgrade. Spotted were the Razer Arctosa keyboard, Electra Headset, DeathAdder mouse and Goliathus mousepad. The DeathAdder in particular, is probably one of the best mice out there, and in my opinion, one of Razer’s greatest products.
On the side of Steelseries we had the Siberia V2 headset as well as a dazzling display of their mice - the Kinzu, Kana, and Sensei - with the Qck Mass and 4HD mousepads and finally (whew) the Shift US keyboard. Razer or Steelseries? I’ve always been a fan of Steelseries, so it’s nice being able to use their gear - almost like being at home, since I use the Steelseries Kana mouse myself.
Lastly, there’s always a crowd going for the screens, which are really a sight to behold. There was always a bunch of people sitting down, checking out the matches played onscreen, which happened to be a replay of the TPA-Azubu Frost LoL World Championship finals. And they’re huge - the largest dedicated e-sports screens in the country. It makes for great viewing, no matter where you’re seated.
I personally sat down to watch the games for awhile - I actually can’t wait to go for the GPL Playoffs, and watch a match on the screen with the players themselves sitting in the booths in front of me. I think it’s gonna be just amazing.
So if you’re looking for a great place to watch some quality games or play the games yourselves, then you should definitely check out the Garena Stadium. It’s really something. Stay tuned for my upcoming reviews on the rest of the Stadium!
For more details, please refer here: Garena Stadium @ Bugis+ - Now Open!