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Google Engineer Builds Ultimate LAN Party House

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the if-you-build-it-they-will-come dept.

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Zothecula writes "Anyone who has a attended a LAN party — where people connect their computers on one network in one location to play multiplayer games together — can tell you that they can be both very fun but also kind of a hassle. Playing games with your friends all in the same room: fun. Having to organize all your friends to each haul their usually-oversized gaming rigs to one person's house, ensuring they all have the same software, and inevitably dealing with one or more people having trouble connecting: not fun. With that in mind, it makes sense that one Google employee decided to bypass all that inconvenience and just build a house specifically for LAN parties, complete with multiple networked computers and TVs connected to game consoles."

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Party? (5, Funny)

Toe, The (545098) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383452)

I went to this LAN Party and everyone was wearing togas and drinking alcoholic beverages and making out and... and I didn't even see any computers anywhere. It was very strange.

Re:Party? (2)

TWX (665546) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383530)

Sounds like networking of a different sort...

Was there a sign up that said, "Marketing Department: two drink minimum"?

Re:Party? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38383792)

Where I went to college the CS students were actually known for throwing the wildest parties, not quite sure how that happened initially but I suspect it just became a matter of pride for new CS students to uphold the "tradition" of hosting the craziest parties...

Re:Party? (5, Funny)

SomePgmr (2021234) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383884)

"What? You think just cause a guy reads comics he can't start some shit?!" - Brodie

Re:Party? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384362)

Love a good Mall Rats reference.

Re:Party? (2)

Fallingcow (213461) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384608)

I went to this LAN Party and everyone was wearing togas and drinking alcoholic beverages and making out and... and I didn't even see any computers anywhere. It was very strange.

"Toga shmoga. Look at the score for Christ's sake. It's only the second period and I'm up 12 to 2. Toga parties come and go, Rene, but Hartford, the Whale, they only beat Vancouver once, maybe twice in a lifetime."

Re:Party? (2)

kmankmankman2001 (567212) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384530)

I went to this LAN Party and everyone was wearing togas and drinking alcoholic beverages and making out and... and I didn't even see any computers anywhere. It was very strange.

You mean there were females there? Then it definitely wasn't a LAN party.

Re:Party? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384714)

In related news, one particular Google engineer will never, ever get laid nor even kiss a girl. Story at eleven.

Good ventaliation (5, Funny)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383484)

Hope it has good ventilation and cooling. Nothing worse than a hot, smelly lan party.

Re:Good ventaliation (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38383554)

I hope that at the beginning of each party he explains to the guests that they are about to use proprietary hardware and software and that none of the games involved are Free Software. I would let them all play the xbox and PCs for about an hour, then I'd push a button that takes the computers away and replaces them all with Lemote Yeeloong laptops with Gnewsense installed and nothing but copies of Frozen Bubble. Then I'd explain to them that the game they're about to enjoy is completely open to tinkering, as are the computers they are using.

They will learn what freedom means that evening.

Re:Good ventaliation (1)

buchner.johannes (1139593) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383854)

Not having RTFA, I wonder if they prefer a certain paint or type of wall to improve wireless connectivity. There have been reports that newer paints tend to decrease Wifi quality.

Re:Good ventaliation (3, Insightful)

skids (119237) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384234)

Wireless? Serious gamers don't want their frag count affected by the hot pocket they just put in the microwave. So no. Probably not a consideration.

Re:Good ventaliation (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384516)

Why would you bring wireless equipment to a LAN party? That's like bringing your own weird brand cola to the theater. Like Pepsi.

Re:Good ventaliation (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 2 years ago | (#38385094)

When you 'build a house' for your lan party ... you think in advance and you WIRE the house.

No one plays FPS games seriously over WiFi, latency is enough to matter especially with more than one person on the same AP. Someone takes a break, heats up some coffee and everyone lags out thanks to the Microwave.

Wifi is for dicking around on the couch and use in homes that aren't wired as a cheaper alternative to wiring.

I REALLY wish people would stop trying to do EVERYTHING over wireless methods, its a really stupid plan.

Re:Good ventaliation (1)

Kagato (116051) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384214)

LAN Party? Looks more like a Sausage Party.

Seriously, neat wall design, although it seems more like an office than a living space. Perhaps if the monitors where some sort of wall "art" when not in use for the parties.

Re:Good ventaliation (1)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384502)

I have to say, normally /. doesn't elaborate on complex terms in the summary. So why this time have they decided to do it for "LAN Party"?

I mean, if this is the start of a trend whereby terms people might not know are added into the summary, by all means continue. But still... why the hell did you think we wouldn't know what a LAN party is?

Re:Good ventaliation (3, Funny)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384668)

Well, one of the articles yesterday compared black holes to Cookie Monsters (as I pointed out), so... I would just be glad they didn't say something like "A LAN party uses a series of tubes to hook the play-time boxes together."

Re:Good ventaliation (1)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384740)

Yes, we all know geeks have pretty bad hygiene .... put a few of them in a room, and you get gaseous clouds toxic enough to drive you out of your own home.

Must be nice... (5, Insightful)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383504)

...to have this much cash. By my standards, a LAN party is fancy when nobody's sitting on the floor.

Re:Must be nice... (1)

TWX (665546) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383558)

I had an overly strong computer case so I could sit on that actually.

I was the host more often than not though, so I had a chair.

Re:Must be nice... (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383602)

Haha yep any early '90s steel case is probably strong enough...not like the new featherweight aluminum ones that would probably crumple like a soda can. But I am glad for the weight savings, the case alone on some of those old tanks was nearly 20lbs!

Re:Must be nice... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38383852)

wow, a whole 20 lbs. Oh, right - this is /. lol

Re:Must be nice... (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384010)

A 20lb. case with 45lb. of electronics inside is nothing to scoff at. It's much easier to carry when the case weighs practically nothing.

Re:Must be nice... (2)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383938)

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B. It's a hybrid case that's housed in aluminum with the internals being steel. Because the outside surface area is aluminum, it cools better exothermically than an all steel case would. I've built a few PCs with this case. I highly recommend it as it's the best of both worlds.

Re:Must be nice... (2)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383586)

Yep. This is a really strange way to spend your money, even by geek standards. On top of the house costs he'd have to spend tens of thousands every year just to keep the hardware up to date. Ouch.

Re:Must be nice... (5, Funny)

fsckmnky (2505008) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383652)

Don't think of it as him spending his money.

Think of it as him spending your personal information and search history. ;)

Re:Must be nice... (2)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383834)

Haha.

After reading the article I see he lives in the house too, so it's not quite as bad as the house existing "specifically for LAN parties" as the summary said. I get very literal minded when I'm coding..

Re:Must be nice... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384650)

I find it interesting that all the posts about this guy mention he is a Google engineer. What does that have to do with anything?

Re:Must be nice... (1)

SomePgmr (2021234) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384782)

It means he's loaded, so it's probably worth looking at. Nobody would care what my home network looks like. :)

Re:Must be nice... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384116)

If you'd RTFA you'd know that he only has 1 copy of the games for himself, his friends still have to own and login through their own steam or battlelog or origin, etc.

Re:Must be nice... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384466)

If you'd RTFComment you'd know that he's talking about HARDWARE, not software.

Re:Must be nice... (1)

bryan1945 (301828) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384322)

Don't forget electricity! Good for the winter where the bodies warm the place, real bad in the summer when the AC is running like a marathon.

Re:Must be nice... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384350)

They're all facing away from each other. Proof positive that throwing cash at a problem doesn't guarantee a good solution. When I hosted LAN parties, we built a big round table, so that everybody could see everybody else.

Re:Must be nice... (1)

Xacid (560407) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384666)

Yeah...folding chairs are *so* expensive. As are tables.

Really, if someone wanted to accomodate for a similar number of people it wouldn't require much more money than it would to host DnD - furniture-wise. As for the hardware - have people bring their own. If you want to be fancy about it - take some carpentry classes and see if you could learn how to build a lot of this yourself. I don't see much that was too flashy here that would be out of reach of anyone who didn't mind saving a bit for a year and wouldn't mind learning some new skills.

Having run a gaming room at a convention... (5, Informative)

TWX (665546) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383506)

...I can tell you that unless everyone present is already vetted, there will still be problems. People will reconfigure controls, will bring their own peripherals and will unhook yours, will move stuff around that they have no business moving, etc.

There's a reason why arcade game consoles were the order of the day in old-school electronic arcades- there was one cord to plug them in, they were too heavy to move, and the controls were specialized to the game and fixed into place. They were a kiosk for playing games in the same way that an ATM is a kiosk for dealing with money and banks. They worked well because the user couldn't do much to screw them up.

Re:Having run a gaming room at a convention... (2)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383564)

Aside from competing for the high score so they could enter BUM.

Re:Having run a gaming room at a convention... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38383932)

My initials *are* BUM, you insensitive clod. :)

Re:Having run a gaming room at a convention... (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384176)

The complete opposite of minecraft? Which seems to dominate lan parties nowadays...

its not a lan til (1)

nopainogain (1091795) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383522)

you break out the 10-gigabit switching modules and blade servers and run v-sphere for infrastructure portability.

the days of lan play supporting games are over (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38383540)

In the past you had classics of LAN play, like NWN1.

Now? Modern games remove the feature. Diablo 3 - yanked, so they can make you play through their servers. Same for many others. It's all about control. When games directly supported LAN play, it gave the players and the community control over their experience. It let them play without permission, and that is a thing that couldn't be allowed to stand.

LAN play was some of the funnest gaming to be had. Far, far better than trying to share a single screen on a console. But it's dying. Killed because we must ask for permission to play the games we bought.

Re:the days of lan play supporting games are over (2)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383686)

Other modern LAN-tastic games with no actual LAN play: Starcraft 2, Serious Sam series, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2 (fun with custom levels), Brink. Good thing there are cracks and LAN launchers...

Re:the days of lan play supporting games are over (2)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384098)

There's nothing stopping you from firing up NWN or Diablo 2 on your home LAN today.

Shared-screen multiplayer (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383546)

From the summary:

Playing games with your friends all in the same room: fun. Having to organize all your friends to each haul their usually-oversized gaming rigs to one person's house, ensuring they all have the same software, and inevitably dealing with one or more people having trouble connecting: not fun.

Then why not just make PC games that support a shared-screen mode for a PC connected to an HDTV? Then all four players can grab gamepads, sit on a sofa, and have fun. The downsides are that 1. it wouldn't work well for certain genres, and 2. publishers would lose the opportunity to sell multiple copies to a household [cracked.com] .

Re:Shared-screen multiplayer (1)

mikael_j (106439) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383860)

Well, for one I'd rather have all my 3 686 000* pixels for my gaming session, my own comfy chair (instead of having to squeeze into a couch with half a dozen others), a little free space of my own, not have to fight over the least broken controller...

* 27" IPS monitor @ 2560x1440 and for networked games I routinely play against 20+ other players, when playing even four players on a 1080p screen you're looking at a grand total of 518 400 pixels per player (not counting any shared HUD elements), or 960x540 (most likely on a 50" or smaller screen meaning you're hardly getting a large screen either, not to mention the possibility of other peeking).

Shared does not always mean split (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384044)

518 400 pixels per player [...] 960x540

This assumes that the game is in a genre for which the screen would have to be split. One genre that does not require a split is fighting games, such as Street Fighter or Super Smash Bros. Similar to fighting games are things like Bomberman and Custom Robo (does this genre have a name?). Some other games have a vertically oriented playfield, using less than about 720x1080 even in single-player mode, and splitting the screen is not disruptive. These include building block puzzle games such as Tetris, as well as rhythm games such as Dance Dance Revolution and Rock Band.

Bring your own controller (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384144)

Well, for one I'd rather have all my 3 686 000* pixels for my gaming session

And zero pixels for the gaming sessions of the one to three other people in your living room who can't afford a gaming PC of their own. Perhaps they're still in school, not yet old enough to get a real job, and a neighbor family's kid has already signed lawn care contracts with most of the neighborhood. But then again, perhaps my viewpoint is skewed because I spent a couple years babysitting my aunt's children.

not have to fight over the least broken controller

At least in my family, recommending that visitors bring their own controller has been considered a lot more reasonable than asking them to disassemble the family's only gaming PC, take it out of the house, and buy a copy of the same game that I'm hosting.

Re:Bring your own controller (1)

mikael_j (106439) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384722)

And zero pixels for the gaming sessions of the one to three other people in your living room who can't afford a gaming PC of their own. Perhaps they're still in school, not yet old enough to get a real job, and a neighbor family's kid has already signed lawn care contracts with most of the neighborhood. But then again, perhaps my viewpoint is skewed because I spent a couple years babysitting my aunt's children.

So your argument is that those of us who can afford a computer should still use a console because all gaming should be restricted to the lowest common denominator?

At least in my family, recommending that visitors bring their own controller has been considered a lot more reasonable than asking them to disassemble the family's only gaming PC, take it out of the house, and buy a copy of the same game that I'm hosting.

Most people don't have controllers for every console out there, it's a lot more common for the host to have a bunch of controllers ranging from "Crappy worn-out one that came with the console" to "The brand new one he bought last week".

Re:Shared-screen multiplayer (1)

bryan1945 (301828) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384402)

I doubt anyone cares about #1. I'm sure it's all about #2. Especially when you look at the popularity of multiplayer games vs. single player games, and where development is focused on. (Stinks for me, since I can eventually beat an AI, but there are always people that spend waaaaayyy more time on a multiplayer, so I can't even pretend to compete.)

Re:Shared-screen multiplayer (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384884)

Gaming is the best way I've found for me and my teenage son to enjoy time together, so I'm always on the lookout for good split-screen games. Sadly, they seem to be getting less common. Mostly we still play Halo 3 because two people can play online with 1 game and 1 xbox account.

Fun / Not fun (1)

lsolano (398432) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383548)

"Playing games with your friends all in the same room: fun"

What about having a girlfriend instead?

Re:Fun / Not fun (3, Informative)

Eldragon (163969) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383914)

The guy who built this house attended my LAN party last month. He brought his girlfriend. She is real, and plays games. Yes, you can have the best of both.

Re:Fun / Not fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384108)

So, did you feel inadequate that someone with such a setup was at your LAN party?

Re:Fun / Not fun (1)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384430)

You of course neglect to inform everyone of the horrible devil's bargain he paid for such a setup:

Girl, plays games, not fat.

You only get two.

Re:Fun / Not fun (1)

NoSleepDemon (1521253) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384646)

Actually my best friend's wife is a girl, plays games, and isn't fat. However there's a downside no one has mentioned... Picture if you will, a husband and his wife playing League of Legends...

"come and help me get the blue buff"
"why are you feeding the other team??"
"for Christs sake! I just want to win a game! Why won't you ever just play normally instead of trying to jungle and getting killed all the time?!"...

Consider the implications of having your girlfriend / fiance / wife partaking in your favourite past time. They will tell you that what you're doing is wrong, they will not be pleased at all if you throw a game on a badly judged gank (even if it would have gotten you that penta kill if only Nocturne hadn't been hiding in that bush). And they will blame you when your team loses AND never, ever let you live it down.

Re:Fun / Not fun (1)

metalgamer84 (1916754) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384790)

Interesting, my wife is all three. Stereotypes aren't true for everyone, but darn if they aren't fun to bitch about on the Internet.

Re:Fun / Not fun (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#38385010)

Yeah my wife is not fa, but she doesn't play games (apart from Spider Solitaire). Guess you can't have everything, but she's cool with me playing as much as I want so I'll count my blessings.

House?!? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38383556)

That's not a house, it's an Internet Cafe that does mind having customers sleep over. BFD.

Bad layout. (5, Insightful)

BMOC (2478408) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383592)

1) People are facing a wall, not each other.
2) There's no table central to all players, where pizza resides.
3) A single-line of players means players on the ends have trouble communicating verbally.
4) There's uneven lighting across the gaming spots, and it looks like more lighting behind the players than in front of them
5) Those chairs are not comfortable enough.

/you have to consider these things if you want to keep going all weekend

Re:Bad layout. (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38383648)

/you have to consider these things if you want to keep going all weekend

That's what your MOM said! ;)

Re:Bad layout. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38383806)

I agree with all of the above. The layout is extremely stupid if you are going to invest that much money. Why not create a hexagonal station? You could even have a place in the middle of the hex station where everyone can grab snacks or pizza.

Re:Bad layout. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38383830)

That is exactly what I thought when I first saw it. It looks more like an internet cafe than a LAN party. In any case half the point of taking your own PC to a LAN party is that you are used to the controls and setup so I think even as an engineer, this guy has failed to think about the practicalities of his entire setup and just seems to have thrown money at it.

Re:Bad layout. (1)

hypergreatthing (254983) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384062)

1) Better if people on a single row are on the same etam, they can peek to their sides and see things that they're not really supposed to.
2) Maybe perhaps behind them?
3) Use in game communication or set up your own personal mumbles/vent server. Easier to use headphones for sound accuracy (positioning) and instead of having to scream over speakers to talk to someone across the room.
4) who cares?
5) who cares?

Re:Bad layout. (1)

sandytaru (1158959) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384112)

Now that I've read the article, it makes sense. The LAN stations are built into the walls and fold out only when necessary. That way you don't have empty kiosks hogging up the living room when you're alone at 10AM in the morning. Less efficient for actual LANning, but far more efficient for space constraints and clutter reduction.

Re:Bad layout. (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384256)

I'd think it would be possible to create a series of desks that fold up like an accordion and easily slide into a closet like room. When it's LAN party time you grab some handles and pull it out (one end attached to a wall to provide network/power) to have a series of LAN Party pods. If you design it right, it could pull out in an arc to provide a set of desks in a half circle pod.

Re:Bad layout. (1)

Sfing_ter (99478) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384170)

3) A single-line of players means players on the ends have trouble communicating verbally.

Dood, if they are gamers then this is a fact of their existence...
besides, they're just going to be yelling "Take that, you fucker!" -

Re:Bad layout. (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384188)

Dude has put one PC gamer sat by himself in front of the door. This is a classic example of how not to set up your games room.

If I were putting money into a project like this, the PC desks would be in an incomplete ring with backs to a central munchies table. This keeps everyone close to each other and the snacks, and greasy crap away from your gear. Bin through hole in centre of central table to throw napkins and empty tins / cartons (wheel-out system for emptying optional). Have the TV and sofa in another room; It's for chilling out. Have a channel for watching the current game on the LAN if you wish, but offer media PC functionality too to watch a movie or episode of something easy to let you recuperate.

IMHO ;)

Re:Bad layout. (1)

Kagato (116051) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384250)

The bigger issue for me is, who still has LAN parties. We live in the internet age Yo!

Re:Bad layout. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384468)

Exactly. You can't do LAN for the latest Starcraft and Diablo games. So it's kind of an antiquated gesture. He might as well have put in a fold-out canasta table.

Re:Bad layout. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384300)

There's no table central to all players, where pizza resides.

This 'aint no pizza hut, mother******!

(Captcha: hateful ;))

Great idea! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38383644)

They should put these in cafes and spread them out all over the world.

As someone that spends a lot of time in a cabin... (0)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383772)

albeit with electricity, that's a hell of a lot of juice running through one house.

Then again, I'm not a gamer, so I don't need a whole lot of power to do what I need to. My cabin is capable of running a couple major appliances, lights, TV, radio, vacuum cleaner, a couple laptops, but certainly not 12 X 500W (most likely) or more, just for computers, not to mention networking.

Re:As someone that spends a lot of time in a cabin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38383900)

Your stove alone could use close to 6000 W when you've got it all running. It's not that huge a consumption. A dollar an hour.

Re:As someone that spends a lot of time in a cabin (1, Interesting)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 2 years ago | (#38383936)

Your stove alone could use close to 6000 W when you've got it all running. It's not that huge a consumption. A dollar an hour.

No, not mine. Not anywhere near 6000W.

But I've taken measure to reduce electricity consumption in the cabin, partly by buying lower wattage appliances. Solar panels are going into the mix next year.

Re:As someone that spends a lot of time in a cabin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384634)

Your cabin might have a 100 AMP circuit, even down to 50 with some, my house is at 200, but newer ones these days are built with 300, even 500 AMP circuits. I'd have to get a 100 AMP upgrade if I wanted an electric car, which the electric company offered to comp me for, but I've got other needs.

Re:As someone that spends a lot of time in a cabin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384974)

EE Nazi: it's amp, not "AMP". It's the shortened form of ampere, not an acronym for something.

Your post is good, but the repeated unit abuse just grated on my eyes!

and (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384132)

my basement has been like this for years. so what?

LAN Parties... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384184)

Didn't these kind of go the way of the dodo, when we all got smartphones and dataplans? ...eh, uh ...I mean laptops and wi-fi?

GET OFF MY LAWN!

Who hosts LAN parties anymore ? (0)

billcopc (196330) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384266)

I haven't hosted nor attended a LAN party in, well heck I can't even remember... at least a decade. The last time I even played a PC game with another person on the same segment was when we 2-manned Diablo II, and that was at least 3-4 years ago. It's just way too much hassle anymore.

Very occasionally we'll play a console game in split-screen, or for sports titles it's just one screen with different-colored markers for each player. 99% of the time though, we just play online with a mic headset or Ventrilo. The RL meetups are strictly for RL stuff, like food/drink, band jams, game day at the bar (an excuse to get away from our wives)... we just don't see the point in traveling to just play a quick video game when it's much more comfortable and convenient to do so online whenever the hell you're bored. At best, we'll make "play dates" to get a large-ish group going for certain games, like say Call of Duty or various racing titles that are best enjoyed while launching various hyper-offensive slurs at your drinkin' buddies. All that requires is an SMS or phone call, no tedious packing/driving/unpacking/wiring/breaker-flipping ritual.

Re:Who hosts LAN parties anymore ? (4, Insightful)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 2 years ago | (#38385048)

Okay, this is going to come as a shock to you so sit down. Not everyone shares your opinions, and not everyone spends their money and free time exactly the way you would.

From a related story.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384272)

"Google Engineer oldest living virgin. Film at 11"

Don't Matter (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384404)

The house won't be out of beta for at least 5 years...

1 master disk does not work well with keys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384524)

in terms of each system having the same keys will lead to issues. Also with that you need to keep the hardware in each system just about the same.

Big Deal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384652)

Big Deal. I wired my home with cables also for where my computers will be around the house. I also have my computer connected to my TV, did that way back with my commodore 64.

Where is the store at?

Why? (1)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 2 years ago | (#38384756)

This looks nothing more than a regular internet cafe made for gamers that are a dime a dozen, except it is in his house.....
so what if you get tired, you can crash on the couch.....the chairs don't even have any cup holders!!!!

The future resembles the past (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38384812)

That reminds me of the computer lab at Harvey Mudd College in about 1992-4. Low latency network, IIci Macs at the time and software such as Tank and Spaceward Ho! and others. Hmmm.

JJ

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