I was busy volunteering this past weekend, so I wasn’t able to get out to any of the lan parties that took place around where I live. I miss my lan friends, and I haven’t been to a lan party since March, so I’m feeling symptoms of withdrawal!

For those of you who haven’t had the chance to go to a LAN party yet- it stands for local area network, and it’s a big gathering of nerds where everyone brings their computers and gets their game on!

I find that LAN parties are an awesome way to meet a group of people who you know automatically share many similar interests with you. In day to day life I find it hard to meet people who play the same fps games that I do, and whenever I bring it up I usually get looks of disbelief.

At the March lan, though, there were still a couple incidents of disbelief. I wore my t-shirt that my friends had bought me for my birthday that said “Girls play cs, too” and one guy still asked me “Do you actually play cs?” I had to try really hard to keep my composure, because I felt like rofl-ing.

You really see every type of gamer at these kinds of parties. You will have your griefer– a big asshole who likes to ruin other people’s fun, and somehow they will drag you into the middle of it, and you will be having such a good time that you won’t realize what you have become. At one LAN a bunch of us went onto a server and meow’d until we either got kicked or banned. “What is with the cats?!”

On the opposite end of the spectrum you have the rager who screams at everyone, because nothing is ever their fault. This person is the least fun to be around. The only upside is that they give everyone else a laugh for looking like a complete tool.

The ringer is the best person to talk to if you are trying to improve your game. This person knows all of the strats and is the resident pwner-er. When they’re not playing the game they tend to be very quiet, so you’d have no idea what they’re truly capable of. Meeting this kind of person is like finding a dollar in your pocket- a very nice surprise.

The creeper is possibly the worst kind of gamer for a gamer girl to run into (yes the genders can be reversed, but I’m speaking from my personal experience). The creeper is not even a real gamer; he has no friends or girlfriend, so he goes to the lan as if it was his mecca. The creeper will sit next to your computer while you try to game, and he will stare at you as if he was a turret in Portal, “I see you!” When you get up to “go to the washroom” he will take photos of you, and he will treasure them always. You might try to enlist your gamer friends for support, but he will inevitably creep them, too.

The non-gamer gamer has the best rig (or fragwagon) there. The case is brilliant, and the lights emanating from it makes the lan look more like a disco. You will probably be fooled into thinking that this is the new fatal1ty until they ask you how to run ventrilo.

Well that’s all for now 🙂 To be continued!

(Inspired by Valkyrie’s post on different types of gamer girls)

New Pyro Updates

June 20, 2008

It seems like the release of the new “Meet the Sniper” video was quite strategic, as the video contained shots of the new pyro gun, though you really have to watch for it!

Will the new pyro gun and abilities greatly change the dynamics of a typical TF2 match? I am curious, and very excited to find out. Before pyros were seen as the weak character that was used mainly for griefing, but the new gun and abilities summarized below give the pyro an all-new advantage.

Summary of the updates (Valve):
* Added alt-fire compression blast to the basic flamethrower
* Added The Axtinguisher, The Backburner, and The Flare Gun
* Hadouken taunt now kills people it hits
* Tuned the flamethrower hit detection to improve detection versus retreating opponents
* Removed Flamethrower’s damage falloff (was falling off to 25% by the end)

Valve’s TF2 team clearly puts an emphasis on quality throughout the game, even with the new achievements, as they are nothing short of hilarious. My personal favourite is “OMGWTFBBQ” and my buddy Johnny aka Freezerburn was stoked to see “Freezer Burn” on the list :).

It seems like they went a bit nuts with updates yesterday ! There are also new friends icons that you can see when you’re in-game:

One of the updates that I am not crazy about is the fact that they “removed Soldier’s 40% damage reduction from his own rockets. Does not affect rocket jumps.” This will make it take longer in a typical match for a medic to reach an uber, so I guess we’ll have to rely on the demos !

AND two new maps! I scrimmed for a bit on cp_fastlane yesterday, and the colours reminded me of Dustbowl and Goldrush. I’d like to see maps with a different motif, like Well. Speaking of Well, there was a new route added to the game. I always loved Well, so I’m not really sure why it was changed, but maybe it was to make things a bit easier for snipers. The route is goes “from the forward central foyer up to the battlements.”