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Left 4 Dead and Team Fortress 2 LAN Party


Ah the good ol’ days. All computers were running the Steam client and the choice picks for the day were Left 4 Dead and Team Fortress 2. Back 5 years ago it made more sense to build your own PC, which I did with much enthusiasm. Oh the times! With less time on hand to tweak stuff, it makes more sense to buy branded desktops as they cost the same, most times cheaper than building your own rig and the specs are pretty wicked. I mean look, back 6 years ago, people would have to spend an arm and a leg for a 7 channel HD audio card. Today, it comes bundled with the motherboard! Choose original!


Rico’s Gaming Rig:
Intel E7300 Motherboard
GeForce 9500 GT

My ACER System:
GeForce 8500 GT 512MB

Our wicked gaming server:
Intel Core i7 2.66 GHz
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

Added the MacBook running Windows 7 for effect.

Ton just got his new system yesterday and he’s running the following specs:

Intel Core 2 Duo
GeForce 120GT 512MB *
320GB HD
*interesting renaming scheme as the 120GT is also a GeForce 9500 GT


Can’t wait for Diablo III LAN parties!

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Our portable LAN party solution


The holidays are usually devoted to a lot of gaming, especially when my friends from high school fly home from the States. This is a set up of 5 portables running on a home WiFi network – two of which are Macs. The objective was to run through Diablo II: Lord of Destruction from the start and get as far as we could.

The most interesting part was installing Diablo II on two OS X machines and networking them with three other Windoze portables without having to run Parallels or BootCamp. I’ve talked about CrossOver for Mac OS X before and this is what we used to do a native install of Diablo. Original Blizzard installers are usually compatible with both Mac and PC but it was way too geeky to resist doing a native Windows run of Diablo on OS X. 🙂

So yeah, if you’re wondering how far into the game we got … age (and carpal tunnel) dictated the best of us and we got as far as Act I, defeating Andariel.

Please don’t judge. We’re just regular geeks. 😉