Out of the Blue

This is from a post I made 12 years ago today about a LAN party experience: "Awesome. Two P166's, two P133's and a P120 hooked up to a 486-100 (Overdrive) via Ethernet was flawless. Client's pings averaged around 35-40 ms." That's a funny blast from the past; I get better pings across the country now, and probably have the processing power of that server in my cell phone.

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Re: Duke Nukem 3D multiplayer...
Aug 26, 2008, 08:53
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Re: Duke Nukem 3D multiplayer... Aug 26, 2008, 08:53
Aug 26, 2008, 08:53
 
I remember the uni had ISDN interconnects for campus internet (about 256k but you used DOS browsers on altavista) then duke nukem came out. 14k was about at the time and I think that 28k came shortly after. I know that there were two standards though in the early days (noone supported USR through ISPs here) and that USR had 33k far earlier.

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Re: Sad news...
Aug 25, 2008, 16:28
Kxmode
 
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Re: Sad news... Aug 25, 2008, 16:28
Aug 25, 2008, 16:28
 Kxmode
 
Ouch! That is sad news. I can only imagine what she is going through.

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Sad news...
Aug 25, 2008, 16:24
nin
 
29.
Sad news... Aug 25, 2008, 16:24
Aug 25, 2008, 16:24
 nin
 

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news08/080825a.php


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Re: Duke Nukem 3D multiplayer...
Aug 25, 2008, 15:44
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Re: Duke Nukem 3D multiplayer... Aug 25, 2008, 15:44
Aug 25, 2008, 15:44
 
I played it against friends over our 2400 baud modems

Are you sure you have the number right?

I thought 9600 and 14400 baud modems were some years before Duke Nukem 3D. Wasn't 2400 pretty "old tech" for the era of Duke Nuken 3D?

Then again, parts were relatively expensive back then so I guess you could have been using the same modem for years.

I just remember because our first real PC (besides a Commodore) was a 486 DX 33, and I believe either the first or second modem we got for it was a 9600. And that was only so my mom could work from home, first through a telnet-like session and much later through (I think) PC Anywhere.

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Duke Nukem 3D multiplayer...
Aug 25, 2008, 15:35
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Duke Nukem 3D multiplayer... Aug 25, 2008, 15:35
Aug 25, 2008, 15:35
 
Duke Nukem 3D goes down as my favorite multiplayer experience in the history of gaming, and I've played literally 25 MMOs and 100+ other games multiplayer since then.

I played it against friends over our 2400 baud modems; and then when the Kali and TEN networks were introduced, we played there as well. *I was ranked number 1 off and on with both networks, as well as Case's Ladder, name was Firepower*

Suprisingly, the 2400 baud modems resulted in no lag whatsoever; could play flawlessly. Playing online however was somewhat of a chore and took away some of the fun. You would have to take educated guesses as to where and when to shoot; such as by firing 5 feet in front of a running target and hoping you hit them.

Needless to say, I wish there was a way to play Duke Nukem 3D online nowadays with broadband connections, hopefully Duke Vaporware Forever comes out sometime in the next ten years; if it is half as fun multiplayer as the original, I'll probably play it for a year straight.

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Syndicate; worst ending ever...
Aug 25, 2008, 15:25
26.
Syndicate; worst ending ever... Aug 25, 2008, 15:25
Aug 25, 2008, 15:25
 
Is Syndicate ever on these "Lame and Terrible Video Game Ending" posts?

Syndicate *pre-expansion* had roughly 50 missions, after each missing you were given a short little "You finished the mission" video. When finishing the game, after fighting through 50 missions in dozens of country's, with the final mission being a climatic battle on a base in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, you are treated to: the same mission ending you saw the last 49 missions, followed by the credits rolling.

Most anticlimatic and dissapointing ending ever!


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Re: My first lan.
Aug 25, 2008, 13:54
Kxmode
 
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Re: My first lan. Aug 25, 2008, 13:54
Aug 25, 2008, 13:54
 Kxmode
 
You complain? Do tell.........

This is of course my fault.

Could you please direct your sarcasm towards games that warrant it and not my past? I think it's real low to make light of someone who got their act together and became a contributing member of society.

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Re: obsolete tech that was once teh ballz
Aug 25, 2008, 13:45
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Re: obsolete tech that was once teh ballz Aug 25, 2008, 13:45
Aug 25, 2008, 13:45
 
before finally finding its way to the eco depot, perhaps 6-7 years ago now.

I've got my Compaq 486 still sitting in my closet. Thing is probably 15 years old by now. We had to get a new PC to be able to run Quake.

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obsolete tech that was once teh ballz
Aug 25, 2008, 13:30
Jim
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obsolete tech that was once teh ballz Aug 25, 2008, 13:30
Aug 25, 2008, 13:30
Jim
 
I remember the first time I used a P133 with 32mb of Ram thinking it was wicked fast, running Win95.

Then I got a 300MHz P2 with a whopping 128mb of Ram. Well that machine eventually got handed down, then handed down again, before finally finding its way to the eco depot, perhaps 6-7 years ago now.

Jim
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Re: My first lan.
Aug 25, 2008, 13:17
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Re: My first lan. Aug 25, 2008, 13:17
Aug 25, 2008, 13:17
 
Reading all these comments makes me a bit nostalgic, but then I think to myself the 100-150 man LAN parties that we run here, and remain somewhat happy we don't have to run token ring or other silliness.

I had a friend here in MPLS that owned his own ISP, web development organization, and LAN party office space. I used to think that was what I wanted to do with my life - be part owner/operator...but then I realized that I didn't want to smell nasty fat kids my whole life - and our annual get togethers is enough stink to last me all year.

I get enough drama, crybaby, emo, and fat people face time at work in the corporate world. I can't imagine dealing with it on a larger scale.

The cause of all these evils was the lust for power arising from greed and ambition; and from these passions proceeded the violence of parties once engaged in contention.
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Re: My first lan.
Aug 25, 2008, 13:07
21.
Re: My first lan. Aug 25, 2008, 13:07
Aug 25, 2008, 13:07
 
Reading all these comments makes me a bit nostalgic, but then I think to myself the 100-150 man LAN parties that we run here, and remain somewhat happy we don't have to run token ring or other silliness.

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Re: My first lan.
Aug 25, 2008, 13:06
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Re: My first lan. Aug 25, 2008, 13:06
Aug 25, 2008, 13:06
 
I did have many complaints

You complain? Do tell.........

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Re: My first lan.
Aug 25, 2008, 12:26
Kxmode
 
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Re: My first lan. Aug 25, 2008, 12:26
Aug 25, 2008, 12:26
 Kxmode
 
12 years ago I was probably smoking bud and trying to figure out what to do with my life...

And complaining about games that took up 10MB of hard drive space, wondering what excuse they had to be so big.

I did have many complaints; hard drive space wasn't one of them.

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Re: No subject
Aug 25, 2008, 11:36
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Re: No subject Aug 25, 2008, 11:36
Aug 25, 2008, 11:36
 
Yeah I was pretty stoned playing Duke Nukem 3D back then.
We only had 4 nodes and a server, but what fun it was to shrink-ray your buddy across the table and steal his bong hit while he was running around awaiting the "mighty foot!"

"Ha ha ha! Wasted!"

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No subject
Aug 25, 2008, 10:48
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No subject Aug 25, 2008, 10:48
Aug 25, 2008, 10:48
 
Funny, I hosted my first LAN party 12 years ago. Six of us played Warcraft 2 for almost 24 hours straight. And it was always the first guy to get eliminated that would kick the coax cable and bring the game to a screeching halt!

Wow... those were good times!

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No subject
Aug 25, 2008, 10:34
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No subject Aug 25, 2008, 10:34
Aug 25, 2008, 10:34
 
There are a few people here who used to attend the LAN parties at my house. (BeBop RIP SySop of The Confetti Factory) We had 6-10 pcs hooked up via null modem cables (later uber expensive ETHERNET) played DOOM and NASCAR mostly that I can recall.....once the demo for Quake came out, you had to write in lines of commands to get the thing to accept more players - wasn't a menu system option - but was do-able.

Also we would setup TVs around the house and have NES, Genesis, Super NES hooked up and play Mortal Kombat and other games - have mini tournies.

Some of the best times of my life during those years of gaming.

The cause of all these evils was the lust for power arising from greed and ambition; and from these passions proceeded the violence of parties once engaged in contention.
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Re: My first LAN party...
Aug 25, 2008, 10:28
nin
 
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Re: My first LAN party... Aug 25, 2008, 10:28
Aug 25, 2008, 10:28
 nin
 
I just wanted to say this ..

I hate Space Siege.
This game is NOTHING like i expected.. the controls are fucking terrible, there's no upgrading stuff/inventory like Dungeon Siege, and so far, there's no party feature.

It should be noted that I didn't read much about the game before it came out, but i thought it would be something like DS in space. What was I thinking???

Terrible game.


Did you try the demo (I didn't based on word of mouth)? I didn't care for DS, skipped DS2 because of it, and had a bad feeling about SS.

It's a shame. Could have been an awesome game. I don't understand why they didn't take a few more months and make it better. There's a few AAA titles this fall, but nothing like previous years.



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Re: My first lan.
Aug 25, 2008, 10:19
NKD
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Re: My first lan. Aug 25, 2008, 10:19
Aug 25, 2008, 10:19
NKD
 
12 years ago I was probably smoking bud and trying to figure out what to do with my life...

And complaining about games that took up 10MB of hard drive space, wondering what excuse they had to be so big.

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Re: My first LAN party...
Aug 25, 2008, 10:18
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Re: My first LAN party... Aug 25, 2008, 10:18
Aug 25, 2008, 10:18
 
Well, we had a psuedo LAN Party at computer club. We used the PCs in the High school computer room and played some Spectre VR. I only went to 1 or 2 of those.

Beyond that I only went to 2 others.
  • At a friend's house about 8-9 years ago, there was only 4 or 5 of us. I think I had the fastest PC because of my graphics card (maybe a Voodoo 2 or 3), though MHz-wise we weren't that far apart.
  • A couple of years ago my brother had one at the house for his friends. I joined in for maybe 30 minutes and domniated some Unreal Tournament x (I forget which version, maybe 2004).

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Re: My first LAN party...
Aug 25, 2008, 10:17
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Re: My first LAN party... Aug 25, 2008, 10:17
Aug 25, 2008, 10:17
 
I just wanted to say this ..

I hate Space Siege.
This game is NOTHING like i expected.. the controls are fucking terrible, there's no upgrading stuff/inventory like Dungeon Siege, and so far, there's no party feature.

It should be noted that I didn't read much about the game before it came out, but i thought it would be something like DS in space. What was I thinking???

Terrible game.

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