“Just a bunch of idiots having fun”—a photo history of the LAN party

Enlarge / The burned-in timestamp, the water-cooled PC tower, the chaotic configuration of monitors and peripherals—this is what LAN Party aims to capture.Kiel Oleson

“I guess I am thinking a lot about the early 2000s lately, like a lot of people, I think, in their 30s.”

That’s one of the first things writer, game designer, and podcaster Merritt K said to me in early November. At this moment, everything about gaming, and being online generally, was fundamentally easier than it was at the turn of the century. You can now play intensive triple-A games on a cheap phone,

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