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Dreamhack Winter LAN party consisted of more than 22,000 computers

By Shawn Knight
Dec 1, 2014
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  1. LAN parties were a major source of entertainment during my teenage years. The weekend-long events that took place once or twice a year would involve half a dozen or so close friends, mounds of junk food and hours upon hours...

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +785

    You know, this country has some pretty impressive, even remarkable youngsters (under 50) that have shown immense capabilities. It would be interesting if an event like this would be a little less about gaming and more about putting all that horsepower to use on a common issue .... oh like, dealing the North Koreans a serious blow similar to what they have done to us ...... just a thought!
     
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,558   +2,900

    ^^^ Now that is a thought, lets encourage our youngsters to break the law. While giving them a massive computer network for inspiration.
     
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  4. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 957   +273

    Reminds me of the two times I went to QuakeCon in Texas. That was merely a 3-5000 person event though. Still TONS of fun. Just don't have the money or the time to do it anymore.
     
  5. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,653   +523

    The biggest I've been to was Lan ETS consisting of 975 people this year, an all time high. Connecting this year was rather painless for myself but others are not always as fortunate. The staff however are very efficient at solving problems and before midnight on the first night everyone is usually connected. No where near near the 22,000 PCs at Dreamhack.
     
  6. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,920   +687

    I would love to go to an event like this! I would of course bring all my friends along.
     
  7. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Guru Posts: 513   +46

    First let me start by saying Lan parties are not just for teenagers. I have grown up with some form of computer or games console all my life way back to the days of Vic20s and Atari 2600s. I still attend lan parties and I am in my 30s. I'd say the age range at these events is easily 7-60 it really is that fast. Sure the majority are in their early 20s but that doesn't mean anyone older cannot partake. I attended these events not just for gaming but also a social events meeting ppl from a beer etc that you would maybe only take to online they are great social events and should not be idolised as a few geeks playing computer games all day long. What I find is anyone over the age of 40 it is very mixed reviews with may seeing it as pointless and cannot understand lan parties.
     
  8. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +529

    What are friends?
     
  9. RebelFlag

    RebelFlag TS Addict Posts: 135   +67

    So both of you would go? Just kidding, I couldn't help myself.
     
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