The Morning Feed: Gamers Unite at Sweden’s DreamHack Winter 2011 Festival

Close to 200,000 gamers, developers and digital artists gather for DreamHack, the world’s largest LAN party.

Black Friday has an entirely different meaning at the Elmia Fair in Jönköping, Sweden where close to 200,000 gamers, developers and digital artists gather for the world’s largest LAN (local area network) party.

The 24/7 DreamHack party includes esport tournaments, an expo displaying the latest gaming gear, hardware and gadgets as well as lectures and performances at the DreamArena. The tech site The Verge reports on the collaboration between Cisco and Telia to create a 120Gbps network capable of providing the fastest Internet connection on record to the DreamHack community via Cisco CRS-3 routers.

Wondering where your tech buds are this weekend? Look no further than Jönköping.

The good news from London’s National Gallery is that its exhibition Leonardo: Painter at the Court of Milan, an extensive show on Leonardo da Vinci’s formative years as a court artist from the 1480s and 1490s, featuring seven works never seen publicly before, continues to attract capacity crowds and rave reviews from the British press.

The bad news via a BBC report is that ticket resellers are placing exhibition $24 U.S. tickets on eBay and asking for $620 U.S.

A National Gallery spokesperson tells the BBC News that they plan to stop the eBay bids and enforce the no re-sale policy on their tickets.

“Our website clearly states; tickets that have been resold will be cancelled without refund and admission will be refused to the bearer,” says the National Gallery administrator.

The character of MI6 gadget engineer Q is a staple of the James Bond franchise with comedian John Cleese briefly playing the role and the late Desmond Llewelyn, who played Q for 36 years and opposite numerous actors as the globetrotting British Agent 007.

Director Sam Mendes reveals via Twitter and The Hollywood Reporter that Ben Whishaw, recently seen in the BBC America series The Hour opposite Dominic West and Romola Garai, is playing Q in Skyfall, the recently revealed title of Bond 23.

It’s also worth noting that Whishaw, 31, is substantially younger than 007, 43-year-old Daniel Craig.

Miranda July is director of the avant-garde comedy The Future and author of It Chooses You, a collection of 13 interviews and photographs from Brigitte Sire of people selling goods in PennySaver classifieds.

July brings an artistic blast to Black Friday retail. Yes! A Black Friday reference! July sets up shop at the NoHo studio and storefront Partners & Spade to sell the one-of-a-kind items July gathered from her PennySaver interviewees in her book It Chooses You.

Bad news. The lucky deer hooves are sold out. Get to Partners & Spade fast before everything else is gone.

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