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Cisco Games the ASR

Craig Matsumoto
Valley Wonk
Craig Matsumoto
5/5/2008
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3:40 PM -- Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has come out with a video game to promote everybody's favorite router, the ASR 1000, and they're now offering money if you get good enough at it.

As instructed by Network Commander Tony Bates (whose British accent comes in handy for the introductory video), your mission in Edgequest is to gather packets on an icy Tron-looking field and deliver them to the MCP-looking upload cylinder.

There's going to be a 24-hour tournament on June 16, with a grand prize of $10,000... and an ASR 1002 router. The router is apparently worth a lot more than $10,000, but it won't be much help as you try to psych up your gamer nephew to be your ringer in the tournament.

I've only tried the game once so far. With my Tetris-era mad skillz, I managed a whopping 320 points before getting the "mission failed" message. The sun got in my eyes.

You have until June 11 to build up a qualifying score for the tournament. Hey, it beats the Cupid/Easter-Bunny/unicorn-lady promotion. I'm thinking the Vyatta Inc. guys ought to work on their chops to try to win this thing.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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