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Biggest LAN in the world, but shooters not allowed
August 28th 2001, 09:58 CEST by Speed

<a href="http://www.e-lan.de/" target=new>E-LAN</a> is a German organisation preparing to have the biggest LAN event in the world. Their idea is to get no less than 4.000 people together in one room with pre-configured game PCs (you're not even allowed to bring your own computer) and go for the world record.

However, the odd thing about this LAN is not their attempt for the world record, but the fact that they've set up competitions in just a limited amount of games and that you're not even allowed to install other games...

Ok, this wouldn't be so bad if the organisation would have picked some really good multiplayer games, but let's take a look at the game lineup:
<blockquote><i>- Emperor: Battle for Dune
- C&C Red Alert 2
- C&C Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge
- Black & White
- Need For Speed Porsche
- F1 2001
- NHL 2002
- NBA 2002
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001
- a suprise game</i></blockquote>
Not even one major multiplayer game is present! Maybe this "surprise game" is a shooter, but seeing the current lineup I would rather think it would be Starcraft or something like that.

So, what do we think of this?

Personally I think this LAN has been heavily sponsored by Electronic Arts and that the deal was that only games from this publisher are allowed to be installed on the PCs. Is this the end of friendly fun LAN parties and the beginning of huge corporate ones?
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#1 by "sprayNwipe"
2001-08-28 09:39:43
spraynwipe@optushome.com.au http://spraynwipe.ausgamers.com
First post!

I wholeheartedly endorse this articles topic and/or person. If only I could travel forwards in time...
#2 by "sprayNwipe"
2001-08-28 09:39:51
spraynwipe@optushome.com.au http://spraynwipe.ausgamers.com
First post!

I wholeheartedly endorse this articles topic and/or person. If only I could travel forwards in time...
#3 by "Morn"
2001-08-28 09:59:22
morn@planetcrap.com http://www.planetcrap.com
Gah! Need... to... fix... PC...
#4 by "Houston"
2001-08-28 10:03:40
houston@ifuckstuffedanimals.com http://olsentwinsnude.planetcrap.com
poppycock!

Well, the less FPS, the fewer punks.. those starcraft players, at least the ones I LAN with, are generally pretty quiet
#5 by "Morn"
2001-08-28 10:05:02
morn@planetcrap.com http://www.planetcrap.com
Anyway, a couple of points regarding the topic.

a) as far as I know, E-LAN is in fact being organized by Electronic Arts Germany. The entire event is actually supposed to be an EA promotional party, so I guess it's not really surprising that they're making people play their games.

b) I think your definition of a "major multiplayer game" may be a bit different from other people's. :)  Okay, there are no Quakes and no Unreals to be found at E-LAN, but the Red Alert 2 and the new Dune game are, in fact, popular multiplayer games.

c) Regarding huge corporate LAN parties: fine with me -- I think they're a good thing. The large game companies obviously have the resources to pull something like this off more easily than a couple of gamers who always have to worry about a relatively large financial risk. I really can't see them killing off the small, friendly, "personal" LAN parties in the long run.

Overall I'm really interested in seeing how successful this party is going to be.

- Morn
#6 by "szcx codemonkey, PhD."
2001-08-28 10:11:27
http://www.leslienassar.com/
Is this the end of friendly fun LAN parties and the beginning of huge corporate ones?

The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!
#7 by "Foogla"
2001-08-28 10:13:57
Foogla@gmx.de
You can't leech mp3z, moviez or pr0n. Just who do they think is going to attend?

You forgot to tell the price, ~$75, another nail in it's coffin.
#8 by "Quicken"
2001-08-28 10:16:55
geoffrey@access.com.au http://www.warmage.com
Oh well. If only Clive Barker's Undying had multiplayer :)
#9 by "Ashiran"
2001-08-28 10:19:44
ashiran@ashrain.net wtf.couchcrew.com
If it wasn't for the insane high entry fee I would attend. Who cares about that there are no shooters? If you want to play shooters just go to any other LAN cause that is all that is played there. It's sad really that they actually have to enforce this so that RTS games and the like get played rather then shooters.

Last year was also the last time I attended a BYOC combined with a CPL. Only Q3 duellists who are usually arrogant losers to boot. There wasn't even a single FFA game with more than 8 players!

Hear hear EA!
#10 by "m0nty"
2001-08-28 10:21:50
paul.montgomery@delphigroup.com.au http://www.delphigroup.com.au
My guess for "ein Überraschungsgame": FIFA 2002.
#11 by "Morn"
2001-08-28 10:34:27
morn@planetcrap.com http://www.planetcrap.com
$75? There are two "packs" you can buy, one is DM 99,- (roughly $50), which includes some goodies including a set of headphones and one of EA's games, the other is DM 129,- (roughly $65) and includes an additional game (and more food coupons et al). Considering you don't have to drag your entire PC (including monitor) through all of Germany, I think the price is pretty much okay.

- Morn
#12 by "Ashiran"
2001-08-28 10:37:24
ashiran@ashrain.net wtf.couchcrew.com
Not if you are a cheap ass dutch bastard like me. Even though the drive is relativly short.
#13 by "Chet"
2001-08-28 10:58:04
chet@AllOfYourGodsAreDead.com http://www.portalofevil.com/news/
So now its bad that companies are sponsoring lan parties?

Companies are such jerks - trying to make money and promote themselves.  Then they force you to buy their products and attend their events.  What next?!!?!?!  I bet they are going to start to get people to put together buildings where you will not only buy their products, but other products as well.  I bet they name these crazy futuristic buildings stores.

Thats it!  I am taking a stand!!!  Businesses are becoming too commercial!!!  Down with the commercialization of business!!!

Whose with me?
#14 by "Desiato"
2001-08-28 10:59:08
desiato_hotblack@hotmail.com http://www.spew2.com/
Yeah, it is an outrage -- I mean, they should have at least ONE game that has robots leaking oil when you
shoot them - you know, the way the developers intended it.

*rolls eyes*


Perhaps they are doing people a favor by not encouraging the gov'ts "approved" versions of these games. (The few that did make the changes are just perpetuating the behavior anyway..


"Look -- its the robot of facism!   *POW* *POW* (electronic dying noise)"



Desiato
#15 by "m0nty"
2001-08-28 11:06:49
paul.montgomery@delphigroup.com.au http://www.delphigroup.com.au
This thread is even lamer than the previous one! And the one was plenty lame, because I posted it!
#16 by "Apache"
2001-08-28 11:16:24
>>This thread is even lamer than the previous one! And the one was plenty lame, because I posted it!<<

Morn has told me this many times: if you hate the topics, write your own. That is sound advice. :)
#17 by "Tecmessa"
2001-08-28 11:24:54
Tecmessa@voodoofrog.com
Foogla: #7
You forgot to tell the price, ~$75, another nail in it's coffin.


The price isn't so bad if you take into account what you actually get for your money...

Entrance
Keyring
Keyboard
Mouse
Sennheiser headphones
T-Shirt
Cap
Voucher to see a movie
Breakfast
Voucher for 2 McDonalds meals (meh!)

Choice of 2 EA games (one "top" game, one "classic")

Plus the loan of a PC (beats having to drag a PC & monitor to Berlin!)


Personally I think that price isn't bad at all. I still won't be going - driving to Berlin to play a bunch of games I don't particularly like doesn't really appeal.... but that's an entirely different matter :)



Tec.
#18 by "Rambar"
2001-08-28 11:30:58
http://www.opencrap.org
So, they're going to network 4000 pre-configured workstations together?  With corporate sponsorship?  While I'm sure it's not exactly easy I'm not very impressed.  What would be surprising is if they actually turn a profit.
#19 by "Paparazzi"
2001-08-28 12:31:38
tom187@dingoblue.net.au
-secret game = c&c Renegade maybe?

But, this does sound like a crock of shit. Personally i dont see a single game i would like to play (RA2? bleh)
And, for $75 ?

Keyring - woopde-fucking-do
Keyboard - have one, thanks
Mouse - have one, thanks
Sennheiser headphones - have great headphones, thanks
T-Shirt - as if id ever wear it
Cap - ditto

Choice of 2 EA games (one "top" game, one "classic") - cant think of two EA games i want

So for $75 I get
Voucher to see a movie
Breakfast
Voucher for 2 McDonalds meals

yay

=]

=================================
I see stupid people. They're everywhere.
They don't even know they're stupid.
#20 by "Speed"
2001-08-28 12:31:48
speed@crew.fragland.net http://www.fragland.net
Morn : check the stats of which games are being played in multiplayer most (not talking about online-only games like Everquest because you can't play them in lan). You might find that the top 10 is almost all shooters.
Don't you find it pretty strange then that when a LAN is set up to have people play multiplayer, that not even 1 shooter is to be played ?
I wouldn't mind that if people could install games themselves and play some half-life or quake if they want to without there being an official compo, but even that isn't allowed.

Two of the biggest lans in Belgium are Multiplayer Madness (1200 people) and Ordened Computer Chaos (last time 500 people, next edition will be 1000 people). They have compo's for the most popular multiplayer games (mostly shooters) but also tend to have some attention for other genres like RTS (Starcraft, Red Alert 2) aswell. For heaven's sake, Ordened Computer Chaos even set up a compo for BridgeBuilder last time and Tetrinet is also a very popular compo !

About the "gamers lan's" : I already stated the two biggest lans in Belgium with figures of how many people can attend, and you can't really say that those are small figures. I'm not even talking about The Gathering which currently holds the record of most people attending (also not a corporate lan for as far as I know)

Chet : I'm not saying that corporate sponsoring is bad. OCC is sponsored by Ubi Soft, Guillemot and Cisco while Multiplayer Madness gets funding and material from 3Com, PlanetInternet (ISP) and that's ok with me. These companies provide network material and prices for compo's. However, they do not dictate which games are allowed to be player and which aren't. That's what I'm talking about. If they want to promote their games, fine by me but don't tell gamers that they aren't allowed to play anything else than their games (which is actually what's being done here)

Rambar : a LAN is not about making a profit. None of the lan's I know are actually making enough money to make it your job or anything. The guys from the lans I spoke about above are all volunteers who do it because they like doing it and they don't care about making profit. The calculate it so that with the money they earn they can just pay the bills (and sometimes they can, sometimes they can't)
#21 by "Paparazzi"
2001-08-28 13:50:03
tom187@dingoblue.net.au
OR maybe its this game
(just got this sent through in icq)

---------
EA have got an online only version, set in 3025 so there arnt any clan mechs yet. (they havent invaded the inner sphere)

Its in its free beta stage atm. ive been playing it for 2 days straight. If you like online universes and Batletech then you'd better check this out

http://www.ea.com/worlds/games/pl_battle00/home.jsp
register a login first and then click on play on this website after you've logged in

only problem is that its a 60minute download
------

online, lan, blah it might be it :p
#22 by "Morn"
2001-08-28 13:59:50
morn@planetcrap.com http://www.planetcrap.com
Speed, don't underestimate the number of people playing games like the C&C series online. They're not as vocal as the shooter crowd, but they're definitely there. Of course they're not usually the same people who go to those crazy LAN parties, but who said E-Lan was targetted at them?

- Morn
#23 by "Lucky"
2001-08-28 14:22:31
Where'd you find the stats for online games? Stats for a server-finding tool perhaps? A tool that supports mostly shooters? ;)
#24 by "Speed"
2001-08-28 14:41:09
speed@crew.fragland.net http://www.fragland.net
Currently at this moment, no less than 46.305 players  are playing Half-Life (Gamespy stats) while 79.124 players are playing on battle.net (ALL battle.net games together - stats from Battle.net).
That makes 1 shooter having more than half of all gamers that are playing the 5 blizzard games combined.

Need I say more ?

I'm not saying that there aren't many people out there playing Blizzard games, just that shooters are a more normal choice to be included in a lan (with the whole clan community and sorts, while RTS is and always will be a more individual type of game)
#25 by "Morn"
2001-08-28 14:46:39
morn@planetcrap.com http://www.planetcrap.com
So that makes the Blizzard games not popular?

- Morn
#26 by "creamy_goodness"
2001-08-28 14:49:31
whatchutalkingaboutwilson? http://planetdancedancerevolution.com
I guess this lan is more about the 'EA sponsors the biggest lan ever' factor than attracting the, for want of a better word, 'hardcore' CS and q3a players. The problem i can see with that is they may have problems getting the numbers up to the 4k mark without offering the games the l337 kids want to play. Don't get me wrong I am sure there is a large online community for the Red Alert and its many clones series of games, but I doubt you are going to get 4000 of them in one room, in Germany, at the same time. Not to mention the prohibative price with no offering of prizes and the like, how many parents are going to pay that?

I think a lan that size would be an awsome experience, but I would not go if i couldnt play the games I wanted, and had to pay through the nose for a keyring and a copy of theme hospital.

creamy.

p.s It is good to see the news posts rolling in from the Australian boys, even if they do lack a little as the French say 'i dont know what'.
#27 by "Sgt Hulka"
2001-08-28 15:50:14
sgt_hulka@hulka.com http://www.happyhappyjoyjoy.com
#0 Speed
However, the odd thing about this LAN is not their attempt for the world record, but the fact that they've set up competitions in just a limited amount of games and that you're not even allowed to install other games


It's their ball, they can make the rules.  Nobody is being forced to attend.

Ok, this wouldn't be so bad if the organisation would have picked some really good multiplayer games, but let's take a look at the game lineup:
- Emperor: Battle for Dune, yadda, yadda, yadda


Either all of those games are from their company, or some marketing weasel with a brain the size of his left nut chose the games.  It's obvious to me that whoever chose the games isn't a "hardcore" gamer.


Personally I think this LAN has been heavily sponsored by Electronic Arts and that the deal was that only games from this publisher are allowed to be installed on the PCs. Is this the end of friendly fun LAN parties and the beginning of huge corporate ones?


Maybe in Germany, but I doubt it. As long as you can still organize and fund a lan party, nobody is going to stop you.  Well, nobody except THE OLSEN TWINS!!!


......."Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain."
#28 by "brennan"
2001-08-28 16:15:15
scott.gs@home.com
Big LANs feel odd.  There was a moderately big LAN where I live (100 or so people, once every month-and-a-half or so), but it looks like it might go away.  I know some of the organizers, and I can't blame them for killing it.  First, people complain about the cost ($20/person for 15 hours).  Then, they complain about the types/format of formal tournaments.  Then, they complain that the prizes aren't good enough.  Then, if the prizes are good, they complain that the wrong people got them.  Bitch bitch bitch.

Between that and the difficulty in finding a good venue, the organizers seem to have all but given up.  Instead, they're going back to the 10-12 person basement LAN, which there's one this weekend.  I'm personally not sad; 100+ people was, to me, way impersonal and just not as fun as small LANs.

So to get to my point: who the HELL wants to go to a 4000+ person LAN where you can't even choose what games you can play or bring your own computer?  Feh.  Let the corporations have it; people will always have basement LANs.  My view has always been that the *really* fun multiplayer gaming happens when you've got people who know each other and can scream obscenities directly at one another.

-brennan
#29 by "Sgt Hulka"
2001-08-28 16:23:16
sgt_hulka@hulka.com http://www.happyhappyjoyjoy.com
#28 brennan
My view has always been that the *really* fun multiplayer gaming happens when you've got people who know each other and can scream obscenities directly at one another.


F'ing A!

......."Madonna rubbers for kids!"
#30 by "Warren Marshall"
2001-08-28 16:24:01
warren@epicgames.com http://www.epicboy.com
Let me sum this up ...

Community : "You big companies never do anything to support your games or the community!"

Big Company : "OK, we'll have a HUGE LAN party where you can play some lesser known games and compete against tons of other people.  You'll meet new people and compete with standard computers so there isn't any cheating."

Community : "Fags!"
#31 by "Hugin"
2001-08-28 17:14:26
lmccain@nber.org
Yeah, damn that EA, jamming a LAN event featuring non-FPSs down gamer's throats. Because goodness knows, multiplayer FPS gaming is hurting. It's pretty irresponsible to not make sure they dominate every multiplayer LAN experience...
#32 by "Lucky"
2001-08-28 17:15:39
These games aren't like HL / Counter-Strike - they CAN be played offline, and are played more offline than online, meaning there is a larger fanbase than any multiplay stats suggest.

I'd look at sales figures more than online stats to gauge popularity of a game. All these games listed are more solo experiences.
#33 by "Speed"
2001-08-28 17:29:45
speed@crew.fragland.net http://www.fragland.net
Morn (#25) : Read what I wrote. quote : "I'm not saying that there aren't many people out there playing Blizzard games"

Creamy (#26) : where did you get the idea I'm Australian ???

Hulka (#27) :
It's their ball, they can make the rules. Nobody is being forced to attend.
what's the point in organising a 4000-people lan if maybe not even half of the capacity is going to be used ? (not saying that only 2000 people will come, it's just that the lans I know that have 1000 people coming have grown out of small lans with 20-25 people)

Warren (#30) : you never seize to amaze me with your humor and put a smile on my face :)
Ever thought of a career as stand-up comedian ? ;)

Huggin (#31) : I think you miss the point here (or, maybe everyone's missing MY point). I'm saying that it's ok for me if EA only wants compo's with their games. However, why aren't people allowed to play other games ??? If I want to play Command&Conquer 1, I sure as hell want to have the possibility to install it on the pc, and EA won't even have the point that "it's not an EA game".
#34 by "Speed"
2001-08-28 17:30:53
speed@crew.fragland.net http://www.fragland.net
Lucky (#32) : you've said it.
"All these games listed are more solo experiences"

What's the idea behind having a LAN ? Right ! Multiplayer !
#35 by "Speed"
2001-08-28 17:31:15
speed@crew.fragland.net http://www.fragland.net
And I might add : multiplayer without lag !
#36 by "Caryn Law"
2001-08-28 17:34:19
carynlaw@pacbell.net
#20 Speed
If they want to promote their games, fine by me but don't tell gamers that they aren't allowed to play anything else than their games (which is actually what's being done here)


Why not? It's their LAN, they can dictate whatever rules they wish. If you had a LAN and you didn't want people playing Red Alert, you have the right to enforce that. If people don't like it, they can go find another LAN.

A person has the right to enforce rules in their own house. If I let you into my house, you don't have the right to do whatever you want, and you telling me, "don't tell me what to do!" doesn't hold a whole lot of water.
#37 by "Sgt Hulka"
2001-08-28 17:43:24
sgt_hulka@hulka.com http://www.happyhappyjoyjoy.com
#33 Speed
Hulka (#27) :
It's their ball, they can make the rules. Nobody is being forced to attend.
what's the point in organising a 4000-people lan if maybe not even half of the capacity is going to be used ? (not saying that only 2000 people will come, it's just that the lans I know that have 1000 people coming have grown out of small lans with 20-25 people)





Maybe it's a mistake, but it's EA's mistake and they can foot the bill.  They're trying to set a world record, so I would think this is all being done for publicity.  If people are not paying to come, perhaps they'll start letting people in for free in order to make the record.  If they do make it, they'll get major media coverage, which I see as good since it promotes gaming.


......."The nuclear bomb took all the fun out of war. "
#38 by "Caryn Law"
2001-08-28 17:46:06
carynlaw@pacbell.net
#33 Speed

Hulka (#27) : It's their ball, they can make the rules. Nobody is being forced to attend. what's the point in organising a 4000-people lan if maybe not even half of the capacity is going to be used ?


How do you know that's going to happen? Maybe that's  your own personal bias because you don't see the games that you want to play on the list. The games listed are, as many have said, pretty popular games, and if you know that you like those games, that's going to decide if you go or not.
#39 by "Topaz"
2001-08-28 18:07:29
I'm guessing they probably did a survey to see if the $75 was attractive to their potential market.

I'd pay less than $50 to go to a "normal" lan party.
#40 by "Hugin"
2001-08-28 18:28:00
lmccain@nber.org
I'm saying that it's ok for me if EA only wants compo's with their games. However, why aren't people allowed to play other games ??? If I want to play Command&Conquer 1, I sure as hell want to have the possibility to install it on the pc, and EA won't even have the point that "it's not an EA game".


Setting aside that they can stipulate whatever they want with thier own stuff at thier own event, I'm pretty much the solo hardware/software support at my workplace. It's a think tank, (heavily academic, by invitation only, etc) and for political reasons, I can't really enforce many policies, folks do what they want to do or they walk and take their Nobel prizes with them.  I'm fully behind EA locking down the hardware and the software for stability/fairness purposes.  Same configuration, same versions for everything, same stuff running inthe background, same registry, a predictable set of known issues and bugs to deal with on the part of the on-hand staff...I think it's entirely reasonable.
#41 by "wizardque"
2001-08-28 18:31:50
wizardque@yahoo.com http://www.opencrap.org
#13 Chet
So now its bad that companies are sponsoring lan parties?

Companies are such jerks - trying to make money and promote themselves.  Then they force you to buy their products and attend their events.  What next?!!?!?!  I bet they are going to start to get people to put together buildings where you will not only buy their products, but other products as well.  I bet they name these crazy futuristic buildings stores.

Thats it!  I am taking a stand!!!  Businesses are becoming too commercial!!!  Down with the commercialization of business!!!

Whose with me?


I say screw the business trying to make a buck!  It's all about the money now...where's the good ol' fashioned american love we all know and have come to expect?

Oh yeah, nevermind

-wizard
Chet still kicks ass...even though he annoying and smells funny.
#42 by "wizardque"
2001-08-28 18:35:20
wizardque@yahoo.com http://www.opencrap.org
#16 Apache
>>This thread is even lamer than the previous one! And the one was plenty lame, because I posted it!<<

Morn has told me this many times: if you hate the topics, write your own. That is sound advice. :)


Ok...here's a topic...why are thier so many assholes in MMORPGs?  Is it something about the virtual air?  Just because they can be?  Is it really how people would act if there were no conquencenses...  Are most peeps in these games just adolecent kids?  I'm not much of a roleplayer, not very good at it, but I'm always honest, trust worthy and nice to people in these games (unless they aren't).  Why is this not the norm, but the expection?  Or so it seems to me.

-wizard
Topic hunting is always fun.
#43 by "wizardque"
2001-08-28 18:39:13
wizardque@yahoo.com http://www.opencrap.org
#30 Warren Marshall
Let me sum this up ...

Community : "You big companies never do anything to support your games or the community!"

Big Company : "OK, we'll have a HUGE LAN party where you can play some lesser known games and compete against tons of other people.  You'll meet new people and compete with standard computers so there isn't any cheating."

Community : "Fags!"


Community : Fuck off, Warren!  :)

We all know we are just whiners...and nothing will make us happy...other than whining.

-wizard
#44 by "Caryn Law"
2001-08-28 18:43:44
carynlaw@pacbell.net
#42 wizardque
Ok...here's a topic...why are thier so many assholes in MMORPGs?  


"Like people, some elephants are just jerks. Stop that, Mr. Simpson."
#45 by "Foogla"
2001-08-28 18:44:38
Foogla@gmx.de
OK it's $50/$65. But for that price I'd damn well want to bring my own computer. What is the point in going to a LAN-party when you could just as well go to a Network-Cafe. The 4000 other peeps are not an incentive for me to go there.
#46 by "wizardque"
2001-08-28 18:54:54
wizardque@yahoo.com http://www.opencrap.org
#44 Caryn Law
#42 wizardque
Ok...here's a topic...why are thier so many assholes in MMORPGs?  

"Like people, some elephants are just jerks. Stop that, Mr. Simpson."



LOL

The simpsons have life lessons for us all!

-wizard
#47 by "JMCDaveL"
2001-08-28 19:19:58
jmcdavel@mailandnews.com Official Kmart Employee of PlanetCrap
Cry more shooter players? :P

--jmc
#48 by "Napoleon"
2001-08-28 19:51:18
I'd like to applaud EA for this initiative.

Warren summed it up quite nicely already, but there's something else to consider as well.

I have gone to a couple of LANs. I was all psyched up, ready to game my ass off, and you know what happened? We played a couple of games of Q3 or Unreal Tourney, and then all of a sudden everybody stops playing games because they're either:

a) leeching mp3's.
b) leeching pr0n
c) leeching movies
d) leeching games
e) too fucking drunk to carry on.

By using this format, EA is able to ban out the first four reasons for people to not play games. Yay to them!

Oh...and that surprise game might just be C&C Renegade, which IS a shooter....could be a lot of fun, no?
#49 by "Speed"
2001-08-28 19:59:27
speed@crew.fragland.net http://www.fragland.net
Caryn Law: yes, they can set their own rules. But why enforce rules to a community that's known to do what they want ? That's the whole idea of the topic ! If they keep doing things like these that just shows they're trying to put you in some corner.

Just figure this (just an example, I don't really think this will ever happen) :
- LAN 1 being organised by EA -> only EA games
- LAN 2 being organised by Activision -> only Activision games
- LAN 3 being organised by Ubi soft -> only Ubi Soft games
Don't you think this is a bit weird ? Does this sound normal to you ?
It sure as hell doesn't to me
#50 by "Caryn Law"
2001-08-28 20:04:20
carynlaw@pacbell.net
#49 Speed

Just figure this (just an example, I don't really think this will ever happen) :
- LAN 1 being organised by EA -> only EA games
- LAN 2 being organised by Activision -> only Activision games
- LAN 3 being organised by Ubi soft -> only Ubi Soft games
Don't you think this is a bit weird ? Does this sound normal to you ?
It sure as hell doesn't to me


Well...yeah, it does sound normal to me. :) The reason is that these are game publishers that would be sponsoring the LAN. Why would they want to provide free promotion for another publisher's games? That's just bad business sense.

It might be nice in a touchy feely way to say, "hey, it's okay if they play another publisher's game because we're all about gamers doing what they want to do", but the fact is that EA, or any publisher, is a company in business to promote and sell games. It's common sense to me, then, that they would only want their own games on that list.

- Caryn
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