Party on

LAN party: 'A gathering of PC gamers and their computers, at which network games are abused for hours on end'. Sound like your definition of fun? Then read on...

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By  Matthew Wade Published  July 30, 2007

Ever since developer Xanth Software F/X hit the Atari ST platform with ‘MIDI Maze' back in 1987, network gaming has been causing eager gamers to miss classes and fall strangely ‘sick' from work. The concept really took off however with Id Software's unveiling of Doom for the PC in ‘93, as this groundbreaking release let four players either cooperate in a single player frag-fest or take the fight to each other deathmatch style. And so, LAN parties were born...

Size-wise, such geeky gatherings can be as small or as large as you desire, providing of course you have the space, networking know-how and electrical power. To start you off simple, we'll focus here on parties involving ten or less players - in other words, you and your most accomplished fragging friends. So let's get this party started...

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