Penguicon Food Drive

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Apr 222012

For more than 35 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been “nourishing communities by feeding hungry people.” Last year, Gleaners distributed 40 million pounds of emergency food to over 600 partner soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. They alleviate hunger by providing the equivalent of 85,284 meals per day to people who otherwise cannot afford the food they need. Penguicon is pleased to support Gleaners by hosting a Food Drive this weekend at the Con. Bring any donations to Ops where you’ll get special recognition for your donation. If you have any questions, feel free to email, or check out the Gleaners website at:

Gaming Staff Needed, Please Help!

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Apr 202012

Ever get that feeling, you know the one, when you’re sent to bed and the grown ups are all still awake doing grown uppy things without you?  I knew you’d understand!  Stay up late with us in the Game Room, or should I say the Grand Foyer?  See, doesn’t it just sound like something you would feel left out from?  I know you’d all like to help, but hold on just one darn minute, I only have a few little slots left.  First come first serve, grab em up before they’re gone!

2am – 4am
4am – 6am
6am – 8am
8am – 10am

2am – 4am
4am – 6am
6am – 8am
8am – 10am

Don’t forget, by working just 8 hours you get the discounted Staff rate of $25!  Such a bargain for simply doing what you love or resting while watching others play games and have fun.  Don’t wait, sign up now, con’s just a week away my friends!

Please email to sign up for any number of shifts, your choice.

A look into Penguicon’s website statistics…

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Apr 202012

We’ve been gathering analytical data on since the site became live in early January, and I thought you may find some of the data interesting. Note, I will not be sharing any personal information that can be traced back to anyone.

Browsers Used

Google Chrome took the lead with an impressive 34% of all visits to the website. Firefox came in second with nearly 33%, Safari with 12% and IE just shy of 12%. However, we had one visit, just one, with a Playstation 3. Well done good geek sir (or ma’am).

Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows won this category with an astounding 59% of all visits followed by Macintosh coming in second at 14% of all visits. Linux came in third with close to 13% while Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod operating systems taking up the bulk of the rest. We did have a couple of visits with the Google TV OS, and once again, our friend with the Playstation 3.


As expected, most of our visitors are from the United States or Canada, but we did receive a number of visits from the UK, Germany, Australia, India, Japan, Brazil, France, and Italy. Some of our more exotic visitors (or their proxy servers) hail from Nepal, Senegal, Morocco, and Philippines.


Referrals are links to Penguicon from other websites. We have Facebook to thank for most of our referral visits, with Sched coming in second, and a couple of URL shortening services taking up most of the rest.


Aside from the default landing page page, the Penguicon schedule page was the most popular page on the entire site with the About page coming in second and the Program Book page coming in third.

Site Speed

The average load time for all pages is 3.95 seconds. Surprisingly, IE loaded pages faster than any other browser averaging 2.28 seconds. Firefox came in second with an average of 3.86 seconds, and Chrome was dead last at 4.27 seconds.


Since tracking was started (January 11th, 2012) we have had a total of 13,855 visits, 8.042 unique visitors, 41,486 page views, with each user averaging 3 pages a visit. Average visit duration is 3 minutes, with 44% of all users returning more than once.

Game In Style with Penguicon and MYTHLOGIC

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Apr 172012

We might have mentioned that we had some exciting news related to the LAN party that is throwing at Penguicon this year, and here it is…


MYTHLOGIC, our local source for gaming PCs and long-time supporter of southeast Michigan events, is bringing a half-dozen or so gaming rigs to the convention so that you can drop into some of the many games, contests, and tournaments that MPCon has in store for us (which, from the rumor mill, sounds like it includes competitions in games like Trackmania Nations, Starcraft 2, Minecraft, etc). Remember, though, if you want to be sure that you will have a chance to compete, bring your own systems and reserve your spot on the MPCon site.

Free Gaming Laptop

But MYTH didn’t stop there. They have built a custom version of their MYTHLOGIC Pollux system for us to give away to you! They took the already impressive 15″ system and crammed it full of upgrades, like:

  • An NVIDIA GTX 580M 2048MB Video Card
  • An Intel Core i7-2760QM 2.40GHz w/ 6MB cache
  • 16GB (4 x 4GB) of RAM
  • A blazing fast Samsung 128GB 830 Series SATA III 6Gb/s Solid State Drive
  • Integrated Bluetooth 3.0+EDR / Integrated Webcam / Integrated Fingerprint Reader

All running Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit and covered by their MYTH Lifetime assurance with Lifetime labor warranty and the Lifetime Phoenix Upgrade Plan.

Winning the Prize

If you have registered for the convention (or, I guess more accurately, if you register for the convention at any point) you are eligible to win…everyone that has a registration1 gets one entry into the drawing that will take place at closing ceremonies.

You can, however, boost your chances. Every time you participate in a qualified convention activity like the Rock Band Rock-Off, Masquerade, Drag Show, etc (qualified activities will be labeled, but feel free to ask the person running any given event if it is qualified…we will also put up a list of qualifying events at Operations), you get an additional entry. Also, many of the convention’s contests will be awarding one or more additional entries as prizes.

If you have questions, email jer@ or Tweet us! If you are running an event and want to make sure it is a qualifying event, email me at jer@!

Good luck.

1 For legal reasons (and because it’s more fair) members of the convention committee (concom) are disqualified from the drawing.

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