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A few days ago my friends and I had a LAN party.

At the party there were about 14 of us playing halo.

There were different races, ages, and beliefs in the group.

There were three women there, one of them my wife.

There was no hate, animosity, grudges, racism, or sexism at the party.

Just laughing, harmless trash talk, and lots of fun.

So every time I hear on the news that video games are responsible for all sorts of terrible things I get mad.

Because clearly the people who think that have never been to a LAN party.

Just thought I should say that.
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Weapons and media don't cause problems, the people who use them (sometimes) do. It's called individual responsibility.
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I remember, we used to have a lan party that we hosted at a tech school (the guy in charge hosted, we organized). The most we ever pulled in was 34, and it was pretty representative of the demographic in the area (bout 1/3rd Hispanic/Latin American, 1/3rd Caucasian, 1/3rd of an Asian/Pacific Islander descent). Ton of counter strike, UT2k4, and whatever was the flavor of the month that time period.
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Posted 7/21/13

Wadce wrote:

I remember, we used to have a lan party that we hosted at a tech school (the guy in charge hosted, we organized). The most we ever pulled in was 34, and it was pretty representative of the demographic in the area (bout 1/3rd Hispanic/Latin American, 1/3rd Caucasian, 1/3rd of an Asian/Pacific Islander descent). Ton of counter strike, UT2k4, and whatever was the flavor of the month that time period.


Ah counter strike.

Now that takes me back.
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The only hate in LANs for me is in the game and only in the game.
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Last time i was at a LAN party we held nonstop Command and conquer tournaments, so god damn fun!
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I have always wanted to attend a real LAN party. Shame there are so few around here, and the ones they got are with games that doesn't really interest me.
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Kikusui10 wrote:

I have always wanted to attend a real LAN party. Shame there are so few around here, and the ones they got are with games that doesn't really interest me.


Save up and head over to sweeden to dreamhack winter in a few months?
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Last time I was in a LAN party it was me, my best friend and his little brother. We played UT2k4 with mods. Basically I was Hatsune Miku, my friend was Chuck Norris and his little brother was Frylock from aqua teen hunger force. We all committed genocide against Luigi from mario in Spongebob's neighborhood... I shit you not.
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A few days ago me and my friends gathered up at another friends house and we played Dota 2. It was quite fun as we usually don't see each other much.

There was trashtalk, trolling each other in game, even running weird tactics. It was all about having fun.
I myself would like to go to a major LAN event such as Dreamhack Winter, as I like SC2 and Dota 2.

The media or the people who run it, are backwards on their views on gaming, is giving false impressions to people who do not game avidly as others. I would like to see the esports scene grow bigger, but the media believe gaming is a taboo.

All in all, LAN events are a good thing, and a nice experience to meet others
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To be honest, I think gaming culture contains a lot of sexism/ racism/ etc., but I don't think the majority of it is caused by the games themselves.

The media always likes to find scapegoats for things though, especially if it means they can avoid taking any responsibility for their own issues.
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sillyriri wrote:

To be honest, I think gaming culture contains a lot of sexism/ racism/ etc., but I don't think the majority of it is caused by the games themselves.

The media always likes to find scapegoats for things though, especially if it means they can avoid taking any responsibility for their own issues.


Yeah, but when you're playing Soul Calibur IV (Not even an M-rated game, mind you) with one friend (gamer, non-mainstream 21 year old female) and another friend (non-gamer, very mainstream 22 year old female) comes into the room and notes that "violent games like that are detrimental to society", you facepalm and wonder to yourself why people are so judgmental of video games whilst knowing nothing about them, which ofc is probably due to the media.
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Posted 7/21/13

mipegg wrote:


Kikusui10 wrote:

I have always wanted to attend a real LAN party. Shame there are so few around here, and the ones they got are with games that doesn't really interest me.


Save up and head over to sweeden to dreamhack winter in a few months?


That sounds kind of tempting. It's a rather short trip from where i live. I would have to find someone to drag along though. Guess it's worth investigating at the very least, thanks for the tip.
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Jsybird2532 wrote:


sillyriri wrote:

To be honest, I think gaming culture contains a lot of sexism/ racism/ etc., but I don't think the majority of it is caused by the games themselves.

The media always likes to find scapegoats for things though, especially if it means they can avoid taking any responsibility for their own issues.


Yeah, but when you're playing Soul Calibur IV (Not even an M-rated game, mind you) with one friend (gamer, non-mainstream 21 year old female) and another friend (non-gamer, very mainstream 22 year old female) comes into the room and notes that "violent games like that are detrimental to society", you facepalm and wonder to yourself why people are so judgmental of video games whilst knowing nothing about them, which ofc is probably due to the media.


Yep, pretty much. The media like to go with whatever earns them the most. People are scared of change and new things that they don't understand. Video games are still a relatively new thing, and many people who don't play themselves are pretty ignorant about them. Badabing badaboom, media can easily scaremonger about video games and earn $$$ doing so. It's also pretty good for them because it draws attention away from their own failings: for example, if they blame violent games for things like school shootings, people are too busy arguing about that to notice that in a lot of cases, the perpetrators of these things are looking for fame- which the media promptly gives them with the constant news coverage, etc.

Of course, people getting judgemental about things they actually know nothing about isn't really limited to videogames though. It also happens with trends, fashions, subcultures, et cetera.
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Posted 7/21/13

Kikusui10 wrote:


mipegg wrote:


Kikusui10 wrote:

I have always wanted to attend a real LAN party. Shame there are so few around here, and the ones they got are with games that doesn't really interest me.


Save up and head over to sweeden to dreamhack winter in a few months?


That sounds kind of tempting. It's a rather short trip from where i live. I would have to find someone to drag along though. Guess it's worth investigating at the very least, thanks for the tip.


I've been to DHW twice now. It's an amazing atmosphere but yes, best expirienced with a friend or 2. It's not specifically a LAN but there's a also gamescon in Germany which is pretty fantastic
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