I'm hoping this is the right forum to ask this in since it is a newbie-ish question.
Me and several other people from my school are throwing a public lan party in the near future, and I'd like to run at least a few if not all the games of linux boxes. Games like UT2k4, Battlefield 1942/DC/Vietnam, Wofl ET, a couple half life variations, and Jedi Academy for starters.
What I'd like to know or get an opinion on is what would be the best choice for distro for the servers? I have some experience with linux, but I'm still fairly foggy on things from time to time. But the other issue is that I'll be working the lan party with several people who have had little to no experience with linux. So basically I just need a distro that is fast, but one that people who are used to running 2k/xp would be able to figure out basics with minimal training.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.