Team A playing Power Tower game

Geeks Battle And Tested Their Wits At Speed Magazine’s Geek Wars 2018 Held At SM Cyber Month Launch

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Speed Magazine, the country’s premier technology and lifestyle publication, wraps up the third year of its annual Geek Wars™ with many firsts.

For one, it coincided for the first time with the launch of SM Supermalls’ and Cyberzone’s Cyber Month on August 3, 2018, at the SM Mall of Asia Main Atrium. Cyber Month is SM’s annual activation that celebrates the tech life by giving shoppers awesome deals on gadgets as well as unique experiences.

Speed’s yearly gaming event, which tests the speed, skill, mental acuity, and fun factor of geek players was joined by members of the media and blogging community for the first time.

Team A, a.k.a. Techie Titas, is made up of Mia Barrientos and Marisa Consuelo of Gadgets Magazine, and Badeth Pangilinan of Chinese Commercial News. Team B, a.k.a. Team JAY, is composed of Anjie Delos Reyes of, Yrda Fernandez of, and John Cueto of Bam Amor of, Raffy Pedrajita of Tech Patrol, and Enzo Luna of completed the roster for Team C.

Champion Team A with Speed sales manager James Orlanda and editor-in-chief Katrina Rivere-Diga.jpg

The teams competed in three tests to see who’s the geekiest of them all. The first game, called Power Tower, challenged the players’ speed, skill, and concentration. Representatives from each team were tasked to build a tower within one minute using six lug nuts skewered on a chopstick. Team A emerged as the winner for this round.

1st place Team C with Speed sales manager James Orlanda and editor-in-chief Katrina Rivere-Diga.jpg

Round 2 was a trivia game with a tech twist. Using MSI gaming laptops and an online app called Kahoot!, teams answered various trivia questions about The Big Bang Theory, technology, and geek culture. This round was dominated by Team C.

2nd place Team B with Speed sales manager James Orlanda and editor-in-chief Katrina Rivere-Diga

Finally, teams played Act-choo!, a modified version of a popular guessing game. Each team was given a set of 10 words to act out and guess in one minute. Team B was the only one that got to guess all 10 words correctly, giving them the highest score for this round.

In the end, the all-female Team A emerged as the champion—another first—followed by Team C in second place, and Team B in third.

Team A brought home the grand prize package worth P11,700 each, which includes an MSI Headset bundle and prizes from Digital Walker, OtterBox, and Jack TV. Meanwhile, the second placers won a prize package worth P8,800 each, and finally, the team in third place took home P5,300 in prizes. All players also received gifts from DJI Philippines and The Walt Disney Company Philippines.

Geek Wars™ 2018  is part of Speed Magazine’s 15th anniversary celebration, and is made in partnership with SM Supermalls, Cyberzone, and MSI Notebooks. In cooperation with TV partner Jack TV, Digital Walker, Otterbox, and DJI Philippines, and with the participation of Goldilocks, Agents International Inc., and The Walt Disney Company Philippines.


MSI Notebooks highlights new thin bezel laptops

MSI booth at SM Cyber Month launch

Prior to the Geek Wars™ 2018 program, MSI Notebooks also presented their latest line of gaming notebooks with a sleek form factor and thin bezel display—the GS65, GF63, and PS42 series—at the launch of SM Cyber Month.


The GS65 Stealth Thin is the first gaming laptop to feature a 144Hz 7ms IPS display with 4.9mm bezels, achieving a stunning 82 percent screen-to-body ratio. While the bezels are extremely thin, MSI certainly did not compromise on the placement of the webcam, leaving just enough room for it in the top bezel. The GS65 Stealth Thin also carries the latest 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, a GTX 1060 or 1070 graphics card, Cooler Boost Trinity cooling system, per-key RGB keyboard by SteelSeries, and is equipped with Dragon Center 2.0 with exclusive gaming mode.

The GF63, on the other hand, has a bolder look that features a metallic top and keyboard cover with a unique X-shaped ventilation hidden underneath. Immersive gameplay has just gotten better with an even more compact chassis. The battery also lasts up to more than 7 hours so you can do and enjoy more productivity and entertainment tasks.

The PS42, meanwhile, is perfect for on-the-go techies. Durable yet lightweight, it’s chassis is crafted with hair-brushed aluminum and only weighs 1.9kg and as thin as 15.9mm. PS42 will never fail its user when it comes to handling temperature as this notebook is equipped with MSI’s exclusive Cooler Boost 3 Technology, with 2 dedicated fans and 3 heat pipes. It stands out among the competition, keeping your laptop cool even in intense usage.

The MSI GF63 and PS42 are all available for pre-order at MSI Concept Stores in SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall, and at Complink stores.


Awesome deals on tech at SM last August

Following the launch of SM Cyber Month, there is still a whole lot of activities and purchase discounts that techies and families alike can enjoy.

Gadget lovers still have much to enjoy for the remainder of August as the month-long Gadget Sale offers up to 50% discount in participating stores. Shoppers are bound to be delighted as they experience a tech-citing showcase of the newest gadgets at the Tech X-hibit and Cosplay Festival happening all weekends of August!

Game geeks can show off their skills on all Saturdays of the month as the Gamer’s Corner indulges them with experiential mobile, PC, and console gaming tournaments and popular video games. On Sundays, drop by the Digital Photography Workshops where you can discover different tips and tricks of flying drones and mobile photography.

Shoppers can go on a fun #AweSM Logo Hunt, an augmented reality powered activity to collect as many #AweSM logos on August 18 and 19 and win exciting freebies and discounts! On top of all this, as part of SM’s #AweSM 60-year celebration and Cybermonth, #AweSM tech finds and deals will give shoppers more value from August 25 to 26 at SM Supermalls. Shoppers can experience 60-themed deals, such as pay only 60%, less Php60, or pay only Php60, on #AweSM items in participating stores.

No matter what your tech interest is—whether it be e-sports, gaming, virtual reality, music, or photography—there will be something for you at Cyberzone! For more information, visit

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Follow Speed online! Visit the official website at, and like and follow speedmagazineph on Facebook and YouTube, and @speedmagazine on Instagram and Twitter. Subscribe to Speed Magazine via [email protected] or download the digital editions on and

Like and follow MSI on and @msigaming_philippines on Instagram.

Visit JackTV online at Like and follow on, @JACKTV on Twitter, and @JACKTVNETWORK on Instagram. JackTV is seen on Cablelink CH. 36 and Cignal Ch. 126.

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