Online is great, but the fun of a LAN party is second to none

This past weekend, friends and I hosted the latest event in an ongoing tradition: an annual LAN party. Every year, without fail, the party reminds me of something unforgettable – you really can’t beat gaming together in the same room.

Of course, it’s easier to forget it in the last year. We haven’t had a chance to meet yet. We tested the 2020 LAN just before the entire pandemic broke out, but the 2021 iteration was canceled in exchange for a casual stream of online games. But, damn it, it feels good to be back in the same room.

So I set up a house, people posted negative tests in the morning, and a bunch of friends flocked to my place for a 12-hour gaming and drinking session on Saturday. last week. We have six PCs – and although there are quite a few more, we make sure no one gets bored with other activities. In the living room: Oculus Quest, plus a Switch with Smash, Mario Golf, Mario Party and other fun multiplayer games. Elsewhere, there is a dart board and a beer pong table. We were all quite drunk and had a lot of fun. At the heart of the action, however, is the dining room, where six PCs are networked with a bonus monitor motivated to ‘mirror’ the screens in the kitchen as a spectator area.

For me, one of the great things about our annual LAN is the variety of games and the sense of discovery – this remains for some like me who spend all day every day. days to think about video games. It’s one thing to discuss what you’ve played in the pub, or on Discord, but experiencing and showing it all together is quite another.

I’ve seen games I hadn’t thought of in years (DEFCON), new games I barely had time to play at a high level (Age of Empires 4) and games that I’ve always wanted to play but never finished (Ultimate General: Gettysburg). Some people have shown off solo stuff, such as selling friends on the awesome Mini Metro and SimCasino, or showing off a strategy by the awesome, dumb (though possibly stupid) boss Sekiro. it’s not quite the blindfolded main class we saw at AGDQ 2022).

I’ve been playing stuff lately that I’m still learning (taking a local man 4 Halo Infinite online team) and the ancient stuff I think I’m a sage master (Command & Conquer Red Alert 3, Street Fighter 4). There were even unpopular games that weren’t even traditional LAN games – like a round where everyone tried their hand at Fall Guys and one guy went all the way, the rest yelled. shouting and cheering behind him.

Of course, the display and telling aspect extends beyond the game as well. People have new devices, new GPUs, complicated RGB setups. We run the scale; some have laptops, some pre-built, some custom setups. I am also proud of my guests, especially those who are not tech savvy, given the fact that none of them succumbed to the pressure of installing Windows 11. Good luck to you. labour!

These friends and I have a Discord server, and in smaller groups we play online frequently. In particular, Halo has recently inspired a lot of online games. We see each other all the time outside of the context of video games, so the magic doesn’t come from meeting friends in person during a blue moon or anything. It’s all about the games. There’s just something special, something better, about live game play. In my heart, I know this, for I am an evangelist. The feel of playing a machine combat game, where the opponent’s movements on the stick really tamper with the hardware, is unbeatable. Everyone knows that.

But it’s easy to forget how fun other genres like shooters and strategy games are when you’re all in the same room together. Or even watch; it’s like Twitch, but live! An extraordinary idea!? Of course, I’m being silly, but a joke like that has some truth to it. I don’t really watch twitch, but I did watch a slow RTS over and over with great enjoyment on Saturday.

So, out of my LAN, I implore you all: try making friends for some multiplayer. It doesn’t even have to be on a PC, or technically a LAN – stack a few TVs and consoles online if you have to – but just gather in the same room and play games. play. For me, it’s still its most magical game. Online is great, but the fun of a LAN party is second to none

Fry Electronics Team

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