Wow, only now do I realize how long it's been since I've played/hosted a proper LAN party. Those were probably some of the best times of my life right there. My brother and I were fortunate where we could get a bunch of people with PCs and laptops over, so we would always play a myriad of games, from Warcraft III/TFT, Brood War of course, CS 1.6, UT2k4, Quake 3, and especially BF1942., Star Wars episode 1 racer.
If we had too many people over and/or people wanted to opt out cause they didn't like the game, we had a TV set up with an N64 and PS2 for whoever wanted to play goldeneye, Mariokart 64, timesplitters 2, etc.
We did that almost everyone weekend when I was younger. Also some of the best moments of gaming with friends have been on Halo 1, when we would set up 2 X-boxes and play 4v4, and one time one of my good friends family had a night where they would play Unreal:gold over LAN, and we had enough computers and people to play with I think 9 or 10 people
God I miss those days now, so very much
Thanks for the dose of nostalgia. I think I really needed it.
This is a very touching and fascinating story. I missed out on Halo 1 and started off on Halo 2 when my friend lent me his Xbox along with Halo 2 for a week. I can imagine this kind of experience since the same thing happened to me and my friends when we were much younger playing games like Mario Party 5, Mario Kart: Double Dash, Super Smash Bros Melee, etc. It was every Saturday. Funny that now I never even play Nintendo games anymore, but I still play with most of those friends over Xbox LIVE. Things do change, for better and for worse.
About 3 or 4 weeks ago, my buddy setup a lan party at his place and invited about 10 other people and we had a good ol' fashioned lan party on reach. I have to say it was probably the most fun I had with video games in a LONG while. Just a bunch of dudes playing custom games and objective based ones. There were also a few nights at my university where a bunch of guys on my floor just played customs on Halo 3. We weren't right next to eachother but we either screamed on the mic or down the hall at eachother. Good times. I guess what I am trying to say is mutiplayer just isn't as fun if you don't have someone to play with.
Xbox Live: made gaming with friends less of an event and more of a Tuesday. Nothing wrong with Tuesday, but nothing spectacular either; it is just another day.
Technology designed to bring everyone closer together has actually pushed us all further apart.
Cool story, bro. I have the same experiences playing over XBL, that I have playing over at a friends house, except at a friends house, we get sidetracked really easily, and end up doing thing better than playing the Xbox.
Heh. Good ol' LAN party. Only thing my dad and I were able to enjoy together, best nights of my childhood. Wish it lasted longer, wish I remembered more. Wouldn't give it up for the world.
You made me tear up. I almost cried. That never happens to me. Well done, sir. Halo, all iterations of it under Bungie, will always hold a very special place in my heart.
I think an article like that answers the credit that the Extra Credits team proposed: What does it mean to be a gamer?
These feelings of nostalgia and unparalleled fun, some of the best times of our lives, etc. That's what makes us gamers.
Doesn't even have to be LAN parties specifically, this type of thing can occur over Live or PSN with a group of close-knit buddies.
Man, you just punched me in the stomach with a nice wave of depression and nostalgia. I had so much fun with a really tight nit group of friends back in high school where we would LAN up and play almost anything, but Halo was always one of the big ones. We would do it almost every weekend even though we all had Xbox Live. Now I'm a junior in college and we all just kind of drifted apart and did our own things, I haven't seen some of them in over two years because of jobs and college... holy crap I miss them so much right now.
This article made me sad because these days of playing in the same room with your friends and just having fun is quickly coming to an end every time me and my friends would set up a lan party it would be so much fun much more than just talking over xbox live. But I will always enjoy the times we spent yelling from room to room or just messing around with the people in the same room as you.
I shall miss you Halo, Battlefield Vietnam/1942, Age of Empires, Company of Hero's, Superpowers 2, and the occasional Empire total war. You shall be missed.
(we played a lot of different stuff during the summer months)
Ahhh LAN games, nothing quite as fun as them, online is just not as fun, unless you're in the room together.
Must put a LAN party together soon.
I'm not much of a fan of Halo (for personal reasons as opposed to not liking the game, it's a good game) and I tend towards being a bit heartless, but this almost brought a tear to my eye. I hope that fellow gets to have his Halo Sundays back. :)
The thing is, you really have to set a day and plan around it. That's how I got my Deadlands campaign started. If you don't set time aside for the hobby, you don't get to enjoy it. =/
Why did we have to pick different colleges? WHY?????? Its not the same...
The death of LAN and split-screen is a true tragedy. Every multiplayer memory of my childhood was made like this. There's something about being there in person yelling at the other people, trash talking, and sharing your triumphs in person. Online isn't bad, but it's killing my favourite part of gaming. Man, this is a really depressing article. Being as young as i am i didn't get to go to an arcade. They were all knocked down before i was born...
Ah well. At least we all know the truth - Online gaming will never match being physically in the same space.
This pretty much sums up my experiences, just replace "Halo" with "Dungeons and Dragons". You never really notice when something like that ends. You just look up one day, and realize you haven't played in a long time, and you don't know when you are going to play again. Online gaming is great and all, but it will never replace sitting around the table with your buddies, munching on Doritos and chips, cracking up when somebody does something funny in the game, hanging out before and after.... I miss that.
This, this, a thousand times this. (Only replace D&D with Warhammer for me)
OT: Articles of this sensitivity and caliber are what keep me visiting the Escapist. Great stuff, thanks.
Sounds like I missed out. I didn't enter the fray until Halo 3.
I will be getting the new anniversary edition of CE though, it may give me at least a hint of the 'magic'.
That was beautiful. Excellent work. I love stories like these.
...Damn that's a pretty sad story. It's also amazing; thanks for sharing. Hopefully I'll still be enjoying things like this in coming years.
And this is why Gary Gygax invented the Table Top RPG..... Because it does not matter what the developers decide upon as far as the next iteration of the game is concerned, what matters is that we HAVE TO be there around a table to play.... Be it Call of Cthulhu or Pathfinder or Wharhammer 40k Rogue Trader we have to be in the same room at the same time on the same day for anything to work.