Midway’s The GRID: What You Get

High school and college consisted of two things:  Air hockey and The GRID.  I think I easily dropped multiple thousands of dollars into the GRID over 4-5 years.  I was looking to buy a Golden Tee game today and was going through game vendors and had a GRID flashback and have spent the last 4 hours playing with Google looking for GRID stuff.  I was pleased to see that the original hosters of The GRID message board brought it back.  Hopefully a few of the old regulars will find it and say hi.


Running through my old collection, this is what I have been able to find:

The GRID: Arena

Grid Arena

The GRID: Arena was a modification a buddy and I started creating for Quake 3: Arena.  I am sure I still have the source code on a zip disk in my box at home.  I am going to have to get it out and see if I can still get it up and running.  We did not get very far, but we were able to re-create the cannon from the GRID, which is by far the coolest weapon in the game.  We never got to themeing/skinning anything as we were merely programmers.  I am sure that I have screenshots somewhere too, also on a zip disk somewhere.  I will have to find a zip drive.

Gala West Tournament

Me filmingThe GRID 
Gala West Chicagoland Championship Poster

So that is the year 2000 version of me.  This also reminds me that 2000 was ten years ago.  Damn.  Anyway, this young stud took second place in The GRID Chicagoland Championship held at Gala West (which they now call Brunswick Zone Naperville).  Second only to a kid from the Golf Mill arcade named Jeff who was about half my size.  Anyway, I have the video uploaded to Vimeo:

The GRID: Gala West Tournament from Derek McKenzie on Vimeo.

Sorry about the quality, the technology is a decade old.  I believe this video was taken and put together by Midway’s John Vogel.  If I remember properly there was an issue with the video of the final game, and this video doesn’t have that footage.  I have tons of video from this too on some tapes that I will have to find a way to capture.

That is all I have for now.  Will continue to look for now.


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