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I know I'm going to sound like an old man to some ( 27 ), but does anyone miss when gaming was more personal? What I'm talking about is LAN centers and Arcades. Seems like 99% of gaming now is online, and you just can't get the same connection / friendships you can out of gaming with people in person. I know some of you still have arcades / LAN centers in your area, but literally every one by me has shut down / went out of business. The nearest arcade / LAN center to me is 45 minutes away.

I used to spend every weekend at the arcade or a LAN center, and those memories easily are superior to almost any online gaming moment.

Anyone else feel this way?
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I miss playin Sim Farm, and A-10 cuba as a kid..
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i've never been to a LAN, im 14 and in the uk, so that's why i suppose, also i couldn't now due to the sheer weight and size of my case.
    
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No, I don't miss it. I embrace the new tech.

You play SC2, yeah? So you were probably playing SC1 back in the day with me, maybe even going to LANs. Did you enjoy creating games and having people join? Remember the lag meters, the disconnects, the complete inability to even see the game? Shoot, I remember a small LAN we had where we actually directly modem-dialed into each other, haha.

Yeah, I'll take massive online communities and awesome matchmaking any day of the week.
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I whole-heartedly agree with you. I am 26 and I used to throw LAN parties of my own. But now that all of my buddies have moved on (gotten out of the Army or mode to different units) I don't have anyone really interested or with computers capable of gaming. LAME.

PS: I'm in the Army...

There's nothing like ****-talking in person!
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lan parties were the ****! I remember the first times me and my friend tried to connect our computers together, man did it take a while or what? hahaha

and the time we pooled our money to get a hub lol!

I remember going to a lan café to play quake online!

oh and the arcades.. playing soul calibur and crazy taxi until you had no cash left

man those were the days, and holy **** do I feel old suddenly (only 27 haha)
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No, I don't miss it. I embrace the new tech.

You play SC2, yeah? So you were probably playing SC1 back in the day with me, maybe even going to LANs. Did you enjoy creating games and having people join? Remember the lag meters, the disconnects, the complete inability to even see the game? Shoot, I remember a small LAN we had where we actually directly modem-dialed into each other, haha.

Yeah, I'll take massive online communities and awesome matchmaking any day of the week.

Well some games benefited more than others in person. SC was a good online game, and yes now the SC community is more or less better in every way. Still there are plenty of other games that I can think of that I enjoyed on LAN much more, like CS, BF1942, Diablo, or really any old school shooter ect.

Not only that just recently the Tekken community ( console fighter ) has been kinda of ripped apart by online gaming. T5DR online was the first version to be online, and after this and T6 came out most people would opt to stay home. I can speak from my own experiences that having 25 people, some of which came from out of state @ one place playing Tekken was a huge blast. Fun times, fun jokes, and things you'll never be able to properly mimic online.

I'm sure part of it has to do with my own personal experiences, but just how I feel. I miss it a lot because I like socializing with like minded people, and to be quite honest I don't drink or like bars so it was kind of my social venting.
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Well some games benefited more than others in person. SC was a good online game, and yes now the SC community is more or less better in every way. Still there are plenty of other games that I can think of that I enjoyed on LAN much more, like CS, BF1942, Diablo, or really any old school shooter ect.

Not only that just recently the Tekken community ( console fighter ) has been kinda of ripped apart by online gaming. T5DR online was the first version to be online, and after this and T6 came out most people would opt to stay home. I can speak from my own experiences that having 25 people, some of which came from out of state @ one place playing Tekken was a huge blast. Fun times, fun jokes, and things you'll never be able to properly mimic online.

I'm sure part of it has to do with my own personal experiences, but just how I feel. I miss it a lot because I like socializing with like minded people, and to be quite honest I don't drink or like bars so it was kind of my social venting.
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I'm def willing to drive out of state to go to Tekken / SCII tournaments. I haven't had a job in a year though so until I do it's out of the question.
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My least favorite thing about gaming now is the general trend toward "Idiocracy" (if you haven't seen the movie, look it up), where game distributors try to pull the wool over consumers' eyes, and market chopped-down games as Blockbuster titles, and everyone takes the bait and goes after them, yet doesn't realize that there are major flaws with them.

I never really invested in games/multiplayer games for the social aspect rather than just co-op play where I don't have to rely on computer game AI bots as opponents. I couldn't care less to socialize/befriend people in online gaming servers if I don't already know them AFK.
    
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