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Poll: Do LAN Centres still work?

Poll: Do LAN Centres still work?

Omega Sektor: Impending success or thing of the past?

Considering the mass adoption of broadband in the UK and considerable expense or traffic to get anywhere, are LAN centres a thing of the past? Is the culture different in our country as opposed to South Korea or even the US where people will gladly travel long distances to meet others and attend a large event (PAX for example)?

The i-series is still going strong, and speaking of which the 31st event is being held this weekend. At it big companies like Intel, Asus and Scan (to name just a few off the top of my head) will be there, and there's even some eye candy Girls Aloud there today and a playable Crysis! But it's not the same as having a LAN centre there all the time which people might just end up taking for granted.

However, with the rise of social networking, large MMOs like WoW and even the ever popular party machine, the Wii, is seeing your friends and making the effort to interact a "new" fun thing?

Let us know your thoughts after you've voted in the forum poll.

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Supra55 12th August 2007, 15:53 Quote
Hmm well there's always going to be some face to face matches look at the programs from G4tv (Don't know if it's Broadcasted in the UK) and besides I think its better to LAN seeing as its a chance for peaople with the same intrests to come together.
Ramble 12th August 2007, 16:09 Quote
You can still get G4 on Sky I think.
speedfreek 12th August 2007, 17:36 Quote
For those with weaker PCs and those looking to get into PC gaming its ok but a lan in a basement or garage is more fun to me.
C-Sniper 12th August 2007, 18:09 Quote
i normally go to LAN centers with friends just to hang out and win the tournaments.
wafflesomd 12th August 2007, 19:04 Quote
I prefer a LAN with my buds, we usually get around 5-6 friends and just play.
samkiller42 12th August 2007, 21:28 Quote
You need another option: "I've never been to a LAN Centre"

Then i can vote.

Sam
wafflesomd 12th August 2007, 21:29 Quote
What's a Centre?

Round these parts we say Center :P (Hooray U.S.)
Ramble 12th August 2007, 21:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
What's a Centre?

Round these parts we say Center :P (Hooray U.S.)

Yea, and round those parts you also elected George Bush.
DaveVader 12th August 2007, 21:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ramble
Yea, and round those parts you also elected George Bush.

HAHA lol. Ontopic: I've not been to a LAN party, all I do is play online.
wafflesomd 12th August 2007, 23:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ramble
Yea, and round those parts you also elected George Bush.

I suppose your one of those "I hate Bush because it's cool to hate Bush" type of persons.
RTT 12th August 2007, 23:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ramble
Yea, and round those parts you also elected George Bush.

Retort of the year tbh :D
Lorquis 12th August 2007, 23:18 Quote
More along the lines that he's a moron who only got in by massaging the votes a bit.

Oh there's also the little issue of war, fuel prices, etc etc.

And on topic, I'd gladly go at least once... the one in nottingham I believe has closed, and to hop on a 2 hour train just to play some games seems a little pointless to me... then again I gladly hop on a 2 hour train to go to the Apple store in the bullring... so there's hope.
DXR_13KE 12th August 2007, 23:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lorquis
More along the lines that he's a moron who only got in by massaging the votes a bit.

Oh there's also the little issue of war, fuel prices, etc etc.

that is how i feel about him to

as for lan centers.... they are cool as long as they are not expensive.....
yakyb 12th August 2007, 23:45 Quote
id love to go to a lan event and bring my box with me but gaming on a pc that isnt mine just doesnt feel right so im not interested in that style but sadly there just aren't enough around to go to in the uk (or they are not advertised well in the north west) if there was a Quakecon style tournament held in the UK somewhere (something with that sort of magnitude) i would love to try and go.
Veles 12th August 2007, 23:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by samkiller42
You need another option: "I've never been to a LAN Centre"

I vote for this one? Or possibly, "LAN Centre? Wha?"
DougEdey 12th August 2007, 23:47 Quote
I mainly game on my 360, and I socialise a lot over it, socialising doesn't mean you have to actually meet someone, but I regularly just have online conversations with people on my friends list, especially when they are miles away, and because of the headset I have my normal game audio on my speakers and can chat across games. It's easy, and it works,
Cobalt 13th August 2007, 01:00 Quote
I'm quite happy to just LAN with my mates. I love the atmosphere when you have your friends there and you can joke around and share stores etc. We usually form a temporary CSS clan and have a great time confusing other people on the servers with our in jokes.

Organised events will always have a place, the competition is what drives people to become good and you get a lot more recognition that those events than you do over an internet connection. Its more social and has the buzz that always goes with big events of any kind.

I could see myself going to a LAN centre if it were local but I wouldn't travel further afield just to go to the centre. Only special events would entice me to make the effort. My main issue is one that is probably shared by many gamers: I like how my computer is setup and customised for me, I'm comfortable with it. When I'm playing on another computer it can feel really strange when, for example, I don't have my custom UI on WoW, or buy scripts on counterstrike and I have to remember how to navigate the buy menu. Maybe I'm just being a bit pretentious about these things but it can really break my stride.
mikeuk2004 13th August 2007, 01:31 Quote
Never been to a Lan Centre, but me and my bro used to have lans at my house during college. Used to get upto 8 people staying the entire weekend with no sleep and pure gaming all through the day and night. Now its just internet for me and as im playing more on 360 than my PC now, I might start playing the 360 on the internet.
Rebourne 13th August 2007, 02:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ramble
Quote:
Originally Posted by wafflesomd
What's a Centre?

Round these parts we say Center :P (Hooray U.S.)

Yea, and round those parts you also elected George Bush.

Big words, yet Tony Blair made no reservations about following him into Iraq. The fact of the matter is that a large majority of politicians are retarded otherwise Bushy wouldn't have been able to get a way with nearly as much as he did.

That said, there is nothing wrong with them but I prefer a dingy basement of my choosing with close friends...
FR34K 13th August 2007, 03:32 Quote
back where I used to live there wasn't anything like it, so it was only a small group of us in a 3 town area who'd get together maybe once a month to LAN in a garage. since I moved to NY, I've found there's one of these, and it's really fun. my only problem with them is the price of it all. the place here is called Arena-51, and it's $6/h, but they also have deals the more hours you buy at a time. lately, I've just been going for the ITG machine and BYOC lock-ins.
samkiller42 13th August 2007, 04:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Rebourne
That said, there is nothing wrong with them but I prefer a dingy basement of my choosing with close friends...

What? Politicians or LAN Centres?;)

Sam
nissanskyrice 13th August 2007, 05:26 Quote
Basement LAN with mates is always the best choice. Hooray for multiplayer drunkenness.
Drexial 13th August 2007, 05:42 Quote
there is one here i havent been to in a while, mostly cause ive had too much going on to game on my own time. but it so much better doing it face to face with people so you can celebrate defeating someone face to face :-p
Gravemind123 13th August 2007, 07:24 Quote
There's one LAN Center around here, it's a bit small, but it's fun to go to from time to time as you can just randomly get in to games with new people and familiar faces, with a lot less preperation then trying to host a 10 person LAN in someones basement(which happens quite frequently among my friends).
Rebourne 13th August 2007, 07:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by samkiller42
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rebourne
That said, there is nothing wrong with them but I prefer a dingy basement of my choosing with close friends...

What? Politicians or LAN Centres?;)

Sam

Haha, well I meant LANs...

However, I wouldn't mind having GWubba in a dingy basement full of my closest friends. Needless to say he would no longer be a problem lol.
Giggz 13th August 2007, 10:24 Quote
i go to a lan every 6 week and people from up and down the uk attend it, great fun,nice to meet the people behind the screen etc and cant beat the fact you can actually see people when you get that lucky headshot to win the game etc :D
completemadness 13th August 2007, 17:18 Quote
i would love to go to a LAN party, but there is nothing near me at all, and a trek to London or something like that doesn't appeal too much
I know a couple of my friends often go to a couple of the bigger LAN party's though
Amon 13th August 2007, 18:34 Quote
LAN cafes are excellent hubs for social networking in a fashion similar to how billiard halls can connect people (for a different purpose)
Bungle 13th August 2007, 19:19 Quote
Call me an old fart but I much prefer private LANs,knowing the type of people attending beforehand. It's nice to be able to relax and have a few drinks with people who play for fun. Can't stand the shouty omg!!!!pwnzu!!! or whatever it is types. I Lan to get away from screaming kids, not to meet them.
SanDmaN 13th August 2007, 22:06 Quote
Well having run a cyber cafe (before the age of broadband) and also a regular LAN goer I must say that you just can't beat the friendly environment that you get from being around gamers and actually knowing who you are shooting at!!
Back when I was at the cafe there was always someone to talk to and have a laugh no matter what game you played but with internets now being fast I can see that the Cafe becomes less populated and just doesn't make the money needed to survive!!!! Also I think the state of online play is great atm, always a good server and a chance to actually battle against different ppl instead of the same ppl day after day.
All of that said I think LANs are becoming more popular due to their friendly atmospheres and also actually having the chance to meet up with like minded ppl outside of a gaming environment.
saxman 14th August 2007, 06:57 Quote
I prefer the face to face LANs I have met some of my closest friends at those. When I first went to college we hosted one to see what we could stir up out of the masses and we still have a group form school who get together at one of the houses to relax and just chill away form it all. thats what its about friends and meeting people. Enjoying time and relaxing wile you catch that amazing head shot for the win!!!
proxess 14th August 2007, 09:24 Quote
I rather the dingy basement LANs myself. Its been a while tho...
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