The Burning Question: Are LANs still worth it?

I feel like this topic might be showing my age a bit. I used to go to LANs and organise them pretty often. Back when internet wasn’t ubiquitous, when not even all your friends had a dial-up modem, organising a get together was the best way to get some gaming done. Being able to have one person download the updates for a game so that they could be shared around and installed was much easier than trying to get everyone on the internet and suddenly a living room or dining room became a LAN. Who needed internet when you could play multiplayer on a network?

Now things have changed. A lot of people have ADSL or better in their communes, residence or home. The need to set up in a meeting hall or church and play games with your friends seems outdated, because you can connect to them over Teamspeak and play some Dota 2. While you can never discount the extra fun that there is to be had when at the same venue for gaming, like getting together for hotdogs and coffee or beating each other up while playing a fighting game on a couch.

The last LAN I went to, besides all the piracy going on, had several groups of people still playing online Dota 2 or LoL, with people not even at the event. Besides the competitive aspect, I couldn’t understand why LANs still existed. Dragging my PC across town and lugging my heavy tower around seemed like a waste to sit in a plastic chair with a metal table, far away from my fridge, bed and shower.

Maybe I am just getting old. Maybe I am missing the point of it all and for people without internet, the joys of a LAN still make it worthwhile. Judging by the size of the rAge LAN, there is something about going to a LAN that is still worth it. Where do you sit when LANs get mentioned?

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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