YALR (Yet another LAN-party review)
Last FoM I visited was kinda like a revelation to me, this edition the experience is alot milder. The theme competition failed to attrack many participants, half even came dressed as biblical figures instead of the proposed super heroes. Should have known that ZWAM doesn’t do well with rules . The kidnapping of FoM-man was fun for a moment, but failed to raise any attention from the patrons or the crew. They showed the movie on the projector, but that’s just about it.
Compared to last FoM, there were practically no fun competitions. At least none that I noticed. I also missed the BBQ subscriptions, probably because I was not sitting on my ass all day.
1 garbage bag for 20 people, litter all over the floor as a result… I wouldn’t want to be the one to clean it all up. Talking about cleaning up, I really feel sorry for the person in charge of desinfecting the toilets. I feel even more sorry for those bastards that don’t know how to flush the toilet after taking a crap or puking all over the toilet booth. Gory… I held everything up for two days, no way I was sitting myself down in there. The crew claimed they cleaned the toilets every 6 hrs, perhaps they were talking about some other toilet.
And then there were the pro-gamers… Disillusioned teens who actually believe you can make a profit by gaming. And when those teens go down in a game, they go down loud. Screaming “kill those fucking bastards” over a crowd of 400 irritated gamers is dangerous at best. I believe he deserved a good spanking, only lucky for him the crew stopped several attempts of willing volunteers aiming for his ass. All this pro-gaming shit is destroying the fun in LAN-parties if you ask me, there is way too much focus on “official competitions” and “world cyber game qualifiers” these days, it’s hard to imagine how one would possibly find any fun in there. This is also the reason why I’m skipping the next OCC, it’s completely dedicated to WSG qualifiers, with an “invitation only”-LAN so the die-hards aren’t offended. Not for me.
Like BoeBoe said: maybe we’re just getting too old for this kind of stuff, or maybe the LAN scene really is changing for the worse.