WANfest - Computer Gaming!

in gaming •  2 months ago

I have been a gamer since before the widespread adoption of the home computer.


Source: http://www.techandtrends.com/

When we all built our computers back then and then connected remotely with our 9600 baud modems, the multiplayer wave took a hold of us and we have not looked back. Getting together in someone's apartment with our computers was initially called a LANfest in my circle of friends and we still do that regularly after all these years (Next one is in Feb!) When we are not together in the same room, we like to have fun connecting over the internet (Wide Area Network - WAN) and like to call it WANfest.

So, we are always on the lookout for multiplayer games to play over the internet that are fun and challenging and suit the range of gaming skill and computer prowess we have in the group.

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Tom Clancy's The Division

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I have blogged about this one a few times mainly in the confines of the Weekly Zekely posts (which will make a triumphant return next week by the way!) This one is a great game with cool guns and missions in a post apocalyptic New York City setting after a crazy virus decimated the population. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Clancy%27s_The_Division

It was a game that was rather old (by cutting edge standards) but that made it easily runnable on our computers, most of the bugs worked out of it, and nice and cheap to buy as prices come down after time. Having played that one a while, and the new Division 2 not coming out til March, (https://tomclancy-thedivision.ubisoft.com/game/en-ca/home ) we were looking for a new game to fill the time.

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Grand Theft Auto V


We have picked up GTAV for shits and giggles and it has provided plenty of that so far.
https://www.rockstargames.com/V/

It is relatively long in the tooth game-wise as well and I think we picked it up on Steam (https://store.steampowered.com/ which we all know is a pretty widely adopted computer game marketplace and platform) for something like $15. The interface is a bit of a pain in the ass but we have had quite a few laughs discovering and playing so far. One of the crew described it as "the most fun if you play like a psychopath" and it is unendingly entertaining to steal cars, run over pedestrians, cause highway pile ups, and shoot the cops among other things.

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Here are some fun screen shots of the shenanigans so far.

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Hanging at a friend's office and drinking his booze. You can see the screen gets a little wavy and your character starts to stagger a little.

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Here I am in my gender-neutral flamboyant parachute as my friend flies his chopper off in the background.

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Here is a bit of the psychopath fun as where in the world can you drive down the street, ignore all the stop lights and have grenades prepped to throw?

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Here we have a bit of a dispute among the crew with @evileddy apparently shaking his head as we act out Reservoir Dogs. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105236/

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I will probably take some more shots as we get a bit deeper into the game and end up laughing more. For now, we have apartments and a new night club along with a friend sporting a big bank account and a flying Back to the Future style Delorian.....so it should get stupid!

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Do you PC game? Current favourite games or recommendations for the crew?

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Looks like a lot of entertainment but for me dominoes and poker are the extend of my gaming. Congrats on being selected as a rally choice at #powerhousecreatives.

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For LANfest and Wanfest, the games have become a vehicle for beer and laughs. So dominoes and poker could happen....as well as some dice-rolling d&d. ;)

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gender-neutral flamboyant parachute :D :D hahah funny as always uncle :) I love that u adult guys still meet up for a blast like this :)

thx for the laugh during my sad day of leaving Greece :/

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Sharing the laughs and funny pictures I snap on here may be something I do from time to time if I can get creative.

I have to get caught up on your blog as the Greece adventure looked awesome and I need to see how that ended up!

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Turned out alright! Home made veggie pizza...

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yummy... I want some

I like to say I'm an OG (Original Gamer) I started with some pong game that was a static cling to the tv and then good ole' Atari comes out and have been at it ever since. Currently have too long of game list to play LOL. Like any gamer.

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Now you are talking my game. I didn't wanna go too deep into the "before home computers" part but I started at Pong/Atari, through colecovision, intellivision, Commodore 64, and everything in between before building my first 486.

By OG nowadays, I just refer to Ultima Online which was the REAL game changer and first real mmo.

Would you believe the only computer game I have ever played was Super Mario Brothers.... very old school
Played it right to the end and I was so disappointed when I reached level 99 I think, it reset to the start.... what??!!
The one and only...hahaha
Otherwise, I have never been able to park myself anywhere long enough to play these games.... but I know it is a lot of fun because the other 5 in the family are always fighting each other for the remote control and they all have some sort of schedule worked out... that includes The Hubs...:D

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It has changed so much and so very little since those days I find. Consoles are everywhere now and the games have voice communication built in so it is like hanging with friends more now.
Still a silly waste of time but sometimes you need a juvenile laugh.

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Agreed... especially the friends bit
I see my sons are always talking to nobody... actually they are playing games and communicating on discord I think...
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Am I old by cutting edge standard if I havent played any of these games 🥴🥴

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Yes. Sorry.

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ok dave can you plaese teach me what i have to do to be cutting edge great? and wow i love the honesty? @davedickyyall

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Well. First thing is to learn how to spell someone's name when mentioning them.. 😁🤣

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WoW so it is all in the name!

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Yup... It says it right there in the middle... I'm a Dick😁

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Nah just not a huge lifelong geek like I am! Each of the kids have gaming rigs too so the apple are not falling far from the nerdy tree.

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wel 3 of the 4 offspring male ones have that gene too, the have PS4blood in their vains

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Last time I played computer games was when the first Diablo and Duke Nukem were the shizznizz hahahaha!!! Giving away my age here lol

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It is all we can do to protect our age here!

As early as last year, we were playing Diablo 3. Those blizzard games are still really good and battlenet is still around as a platform. So much clicking in Diablo that we started calling it Clicky Smash.

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I never participated in those LAN parties because I was too lazy to take my rig apart but I did work in a "computer lab" in college which was converted to one after hours. Loads of fun. For me it didn't even matter if I was good at the game. It was just the best.

I rarely play multiplayer games (outside of MMO's) these days because it is just so competitive and I can't keep up!

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These games became filler between MMOs for me. In the last number of years, the competitive, full loot MMO genre has splintered into hardcore huts that fade away quick to care bear games that get boring for lack of real pvp.

I am hoping Crowfall or amazons New World revitalize the genre an I get back to playing regularly with the guild.

TIL then, these are a good laugh with buds.

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Wow, the good old days of playing LAN evenings! Half the time setting it up and ironing out bugs! The best was when we loved on campus, and it was the time that only nerds would use the LAN for games of Quake and Starcraft!

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That is exactly it 20 years later and instead of a night, we arrive on Friday, work out all the bugs while we all get together, and beer/game all weekend until our pupils are square.
Recently they have turned back into keg parties so not much has changed in that regards.

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Haha yes! Great to bring out the gamer here! I used to PC game, Xbox, Playstation but had to pack things up 3 years ago as I wanted to focus on music and gaming just had to go. I used to play Call of Duty a lot but they went all jetpack and futuristic which killed it for me.

Used to play Duke Nukem back in the day, GTA (the original), Worms, Sreamer and Whiplash on the PC, loved it!

Have fun at WANFest!

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Haha thanks dood!

I remember actually creating levels in Duke Nukem back in the day. You should see the new Doom they released a couple years back. Just nuts but you would probably need a new computer to play it.

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Haha yea I used to create maps on Timesplitters 2 on the PlayStation but that was so time consuming 😀

Never played Doom but looked like a more extreme version of Duke Nukem haha

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I remember LAN parties. I was never cool enough to get invited, but my brother hosted them all the time.

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Oh believe me this has nothing to do with cool. We generally just make sure to invite enough gamers so we have 8 people and coolness is not a prerequisite. ;)

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Ok. Maybe it was because I didn't have my own computer. And I didn't game. ;-)

Except those Mario I never tried any games.....never like them that's why still never tried on SM.. but people see crazy on gaming front..you got great insight on them...awesome review

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I leave the gaming blogs to the younger people mostly because they have the schedule and disposable income to play the titles when they are new. These games are old news but the time I play them generally but new to me so it is fun.

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I'm not much for video games but GTA was ok... Tony Hawk was my fave

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Yah the gangsta element of gta is pretty damn funny. I didn’t play Tony Hawk much but remember playing many hours of Wipeout XL which had awesome snowboard action.

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The last I played games was back on pac man. lol

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Old enough to remember this:

"You take two steps to the left.
"You've been eaten by a Grue!"

Never went to a gathering, though...

I used to like lemmings and blobo but now I don't play them so much

We used to call our meetings "LanParty" and we played CS 1.6, that was something amazing. Setting up server an hour before game, beers and hours of fun. Thanks for reminding great times :)