The Network Rockstar Challenge


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By Brian Boyko
Contributor, [GAS]

For too long, network administrators, engineers, and architects have longed for a way to determine dominance within the IT pack. Unfortunately, those efforts have been stymied without a quick and convenient way to determine IT knowledge on a quantitative scale, leading to unsatisfying substitutes like Guitar Hero or Halo tournaments.

Finally, we have solved this problem. The Network Rockstar Challenge is a way for enterprise IT geeks to determine who’s got the biggest IT chops. Much like the old “You Don’t Know Jack” games, the Challenge asks you ten network related questions with a ten second time limit. Get 7 or more, you’re a rockstar. Six or less, and you’re tossed out into the alley. The faster you get the questions right, the more points you score.

I do have to warn you – the questions are HARD – even for people in networking, and the time limit makes it even tougher.

Full Disclosure: The game is being produced by NetQoS – the network monitoring solutions company which signs my paychecks at my day-job. We even created a video to promote the game – showing off some of our (ill-fated) beta testers trashing a conference room. Conflict of interest be-damned, though, it’s still a sweet game. (In my opinion, it’s best played with friends shouting answers over your shoulder.)

If you’re taking a long time to load up the game, some users have been able to speed it up by dumping their browser cache and reloading.







18 Responses to The Network Rockstar Challenge

  1. WOW! that is fun.
    I got thrown into the gutter. hahaha
    6 questions correct.
    6281 points
    I am a “subnet goth”. loolz.

    Gonna try it again later. I know I am rockstar material!!!
    :P

  2. WOW! that is fun.

    I got thrown into the gutter. hahaha

    6 questions correct.

    6281 points

    I am a "subnet goth". loolz.

    Gonna try it again later. I know I am rockstar material!!!

    :P

  3. Yeah, 6 was my best score too… there’s some really HARD questions in there.. and since there’s a lime limit on them, you don’t have the time to google them ;)

  4. Yeah, 6 was my best score too… there's some really HARD questions in there.. and since there's a lime limit on them, you don't have the time to google them ;)

  5. This is really cool and kinda motivating for me to study, any other free and FUN games like this to test/train IT knowledge?

    I got a 3 and a 5, I need to study!

  6. This is really cool and kinda motivating for me to study, any other free and FUN games like this to test/train IT knowledge?

    I got a 3 and a 5, I need to study!

  7. That was a lot of fun. Hopefully I’ll be able to give my real information when they email and get my rock god t-shirt. haha.

  8. That was a lot of fun. Hopefully I'll be able to give my real information when they email and get my rock god t-shirt. haha.