LAN party on Saturday! My friends and I have been planning this one for the past couple of months and it is going to be awesome. Online gaming is fun, but there is nothing better than destroying your friends in a game and instantaneously witness them react to your gaming superiority. Plus, you get the added bonus of not feeling guilty about playing video games all day instead of socializing, albeit socializing with fellow nerds may not be the same as socializing with real people. But who has real friends anyway?

We have eight confirmed participants for Saturday, so it’s going to be 4v4 madness all day long. Witty banter and friendly fire are going to drive all our emotions as we fuel up with Monsters and Mountain-Dew. Our day will start around 10am as we get set up and game away until we pass out from exhaustion. I anticipate playing for no less than twelve hours, because once you have put in the effort to set up your LAN, you want to get the maximum mileage out of it.

Thankfully, Pizza Hut still has their ‘Any pizza for $10’ going on so we have a cheap, constant supply of food. Of course, there is a Taco Bell and a Chinese place right up the road that we will probably end up crashing with our ravenous bunch of gamers. Never ever get between a PC gamer and his food. He (there is no such thing as a girl PC gamer) will eat you as an appetizer.

Our game selection will mainly consist of older titles. Classic games have a certain nostalgia appeal that really puts magic in a LAN party. They also open the floor to everyone’s past war stories for additional entertainment.

Games:

Mechwarrior 4: Vengence

Giant walking tanks with customizable weapons? Instant gaming gold! This game was completely amazing when it released and still holds up today, especially in a LAN setting. 4v4 on this game is boss!

Learning the controls is kind of tricky, especially if you are used to more modern, fact-paced shooters. Mechs don’t move as fast or react as quickly, but once you get the idea, you are in for the ride of your life.

Starcraft

With Starcraft 2 looming in the distance, it was only right to resurrect this piece of gaming history. This game just oozes classic era PC gaming (remember when Blizzard was a group of nobodies developing out of a garage?).

I must confess, however, that I have never actually played this game. Please hold back your shurikens! I was really into the game Total Annihilation when this came out and kind of overlooked this gem. I never went back to play it.

Dawn of War: Dark Crusade

Dawn of War: Dark Crusade

Now this is a good game and one that is pretty easy to pick up on as well. Relic created an awesome franchise with the Dawn of War series and this is its pinnacle. With seven races to choose from, the action never gets old.

This should be mandatory at all LAN parties. Nothing says ‘We are such good friends’ like ‘Hey, guys! Lets do an eight player free-for-all!’ No matter how you choose to play, this will instantly become the life of any LAN party.

Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2

Bring this to a LAN Party and you can generate some real competition. Playing through the Scavenge or Versus modes with a room full of people will surely drive you to shout in your friends’ faces.

This game is super easy to just pick up and play. Just team up against one another and have at it! Plus, you never have to worry about playing with annoying kids who are way better than you will ever be (but only because they don’t have real jobs).

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