Viral Games Multiplayer in the 1990’s. aeonsource 2 months ago 83 Comments Facebook Prev Article Next Article Multiplayer in the 1990’s. View Reddit by GrandMasterSubZero – View Source Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Facebook Prev Article Next Article 83 Comments Anonymous January 1, 1970 Reply Kulban November 18, 2017 Yep! That was me (well, not in that picture). Even looks like they are playing Quake 2, too. That is definitely a Q2 rocket launcher on that guy’s screen. Reply Billybluejeans November 18, 2017 But no one is tapped to the ceiling? Reply taliancich November 18, 2017 Freshman year of college ’96: move into a brand new dorm with LAN connections. Nothing but Warcraft II, C&C, Age of Empires for hours on end. You’d hear the screams of frustration or glee ringing up and down the hallway during zerg rushes and have post-game smoke breaks outside before going back in for “one last match”. Reply Dare-berry November 18, 2017 Too bad you cannot feel the smell of this photo though. The smell of 14 hours session is unforgettable. Reply Squabbles123 November 18, 2017 I miss LAN parties. Reply Nakotadinzeo November 18, 2017 Why don’t they attach the speakers to the monitor anymore? That wasn’t a bad idea, especially if they were quality speakers. Reply zidanetribal November 18, 2017 [Relevant](https://pics.me.me/puckish-thoughts-there-it-is-again-there-it-fucking-is-ive-12477013.png) Reply AryaXXX98 November 18, 2017 RIP LAN parties outside of conventions. Reply Phreakophil November 18, 2017 50% game time, 50% porn transfer. Reply nmyunit November 18, 2017 Anyone else? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali_(software) Reply Tirkaz November 18, 2017 No use of WASD either. I used arrows for a long time, until Half-Life I think. Reply TheDirtyDan987 November 18, 2017 Multiplayer in 2018 should Net Neutrality be defeated… Reply jstew06 November 18, 2017 Check out that Compaq Presario ??? Reply WhooptyWoo November 18, 2017 Wow pre-WASD days. Those were dark times. Reply Askmeaboutmy_Beergut November 18, 2017 Rise Of The Triad. ROTT Reply sneakwalker November 18, 2017 the good old days. you nearly broke your back carrying that monitor with a 1to1 bezel to screen ratio, but it was totaly worth it. every single time. Reply ColfaxRiot November 18, 2017 Yeah, well be sure you guys note that you want the ability to lan, split screen, and play online lest somebody get confused and take away online co op and only have split screen with no online. You could always just connect multiple people to the same internet in the same place for the record. People don’t get together and do that as much because at the end of the day it’s inconvenient, or people are busy because they’re adults now. Reply GILDID November 18, 2017 kinda looks like the QII rocket launcher Reply MrEchoSpecial November 18, 2017 Denim cutoffs in the 1990’s Reply stashtv November 18, 2017 Who had the the quad damage timer for Q2CTF? I did. Amazingly helpful little script that just turned the tide when obtained (especially when you had the haste rune). Reply heBRUhammer86 November 18, 2017 Double jean shorts sighting makes this even more authentic. We all rocked those bad boys back in the day. Reply Kingpink2 November 18, 2017 That reminds me of the time I was called over to hook up 5 computers for a lan. They did not bring a switch… I remember playing AvP 2 with a pal and a crossover cabel. Reply new_skool_hepcat November 18, 2017 We take for granted how much lighter LED and LCD monitors are now adays. I sincerely feel bad for those who lugged 40lbs of a monitor over to a friends, along with 20lbs of computer Reply Direwar November 18, 2017 Not true, decent (local) phone lines could handle modem2modem technology fairly well. That’s before the first truly modern internet game came out, Diablo and the Battle.net lobby. Valve designed Steam as essentially just a more powerful, open version of Battle.net. They never got the ‘download while playing’ thing to work quite right though on Steam… Reply supermanscottbristol November 18, 2017 Yes we didn’t talk to each other then either, but at least we did it TOGETHER Reply CJ_Guns November 18, 2017 Dragging my computer + CRT monitor in a wagon to my friend’s house a couple streets over. Good memories of StarCraft. Reply MattyGroch November 18, 2017 This looks just like the LAN parties I used to host in my parents’ basement. Complete with the pillow in the window for room-darkening effect. Reply jmboyd78 November 18, 2017 That Compaq monitor with the ears brings back memories Reply Idiot_Savant_Tinker November 18, 2017 My wife and I still play against each other over our wireless network at home, such titles as Red Alert 2 and 3, Warzone 2100, Warhammer 40k Dawn of War, Factorio, Quake… Reply demilitarizdsm November 18, 2017 It was a magical time. Fat kids would carry heavy objects around to get what they wanted. Reply theworldisflatlol November 18, 2017 Thats the most 90’s looking basement ever Reply Wess_Mantooth_ November 18, 2017 Jorts abound Reply Mrfire999 November 18, 2017 Damn those side speakers tho Reply Enigmatism415 November 18, 2017 It may not seem like it at first, but this mostly looks retro because of the poor photo quality. If you were to be magically transported into that scene, you would suddenly feel a rush of ‘ah, that was a wild ride in the future, but I’m finally back home in the normal world!’. This only applies to people born before the ’90s or close to it, I’d imagine. Reply Guy0nABuffal0 November 18, 2017 Used to have my friend over to my house to play Warcraft II. I had one good PC and one older one. Whoever got the older one had to play with no sound or the game was choppy. Oh man, I bet my iphone could play WCII at full detail now lol. Reply TheDankestMeme92 November 18, 2017 If this is a real 90’s LAN party then where’s the guy duct taped to the ceiling? Reply WellBehavedAccount November 18, 2017 This definitely brings me back to my days of lugging my 486 DX2/66mhz mega-tower with 15″ CRT monitor back and forth to and from friend’s houses. Cat5 was still a little out of reach for us working-class kids so we networked with null-modem serial cables. 115kbps of blazing speed for Doom deathmatches and sharing our dial-up SLIP internet connections. Reply Cyber_wasteland November 18, 2017 Wonder what they are playing. Always way more fun to be in the same room with good friends playing till the break of dawn. Reply SpazeGoat November 18, 2017 Looking back LAN parties seem like so much work, but back then, it wasn’t a concern and it was always worth it. Then internet cafes became a thing… and so did coffee and cigarettes. Good times. Reply reblomakr9 November 18, 2017 Anyone else wonder what game that is on the screen? Reply gianni_ November 18, 2017 Oh fuck yeah. Grade 11 computer class LAN Doom deathmatch! Reply Skydog87 November 18, 2017 This picture brings tears to my eyes. I’d give anything to go back there. I bet there’s some hot pizza on its way. Reply SharkOnGames November 18, 2017 Diablo 2 released. I bought a copy, picked up my friend and his PC. Went to my house, installed it on both PC’s (from single copy…this was a thing back then, you could use some tricks to make it work), and proceeded to LAN co-op Diablo 2, start to finish, non-stop in one-sitting. That was fun. Age of Empires, I lost a lot of hours just trying to get LAN (BNC Cables…don’t forget the end caps!) working, let alone playing. In fact, I think in all my life, my geekiest moment was playing LAN party on a MUD (text based mmo). Two guys sitting in a room, each on their own computer typing txt commands into the game and playing co-op that way. At one point the server admin thought we were trying to cheat using 2 computers for 1 person, so we had to both type stuff in at the same time to prove we were two different people (coming from the same IP address). Good times. 🙂 Reply homepup November 18, 2017 First “LAN” party: 1985 using an Atari. Technically no network so not a LAN party per say, but we did go to the extra effort to connect some random wires to the back of two TVs (Black & White, we were kids and not allowed to mess with the color TVs) so as to split the video signal of the Atari to both TVs. The rationale being that we (four of us) were playing the Baseball game cartridge and wanted to divide up into two teams at the dining room table so we each had our own POV and could also hide the joystick so the other team couldn’t see which pitches we were throwing (up, down, left, right all being different pitches). Almost made up for the fact that the players were nothing more than a few pixels on screen and the ball was a yellow square. Good times, good times. [Atari Baseball](https://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/1/14206/967856-s3.jpg) Gotta go dig out my Atari and crank it up tonight. Wish I had some Jolt® Cola. Reply Pickled_Squid November 18, 2017 Those computers say 90s but the wall panels and carpet say 70s. Reply Luckboy28 November 18, 2017 And it was fuckin’ awesome. Reply SVNS1XTW0 November 18, 2017 My first nonsplit screen multiplayer was on Doom over a serial cable against my dad. Reply squidbiskets November 18, 2017 quake 2 <3 Reply bliceroquququq November 18, 2017 This should be in /r/oldschoolcool Reply captainchuckle November 18, 2017 I remember those days. In college in the late 90’s we had an epic local quake 2 server set up. Cords connecting multiple computers ran through our apartment halls and rooms. Many a late night and many a laugh with the rail gun were had! Reply mpk3 November 18, 2017 Asics? Right on. Carmageddon? right on. Jesus vs RoboCop claymation? right on. Reply InsertUsernameInArse November 18, 2017 Shout out to the Tribes players out there! Reply RGinny November 18, 2017 LAN parties are the best parties Reply Piss-Ant November 18, 2017 I still do this every year with my friends and we are in our 30’s. Respect. Reply BadgerMk1 November 18, 2017 LANing Unreal Tournament. Nostalgia tear. Reply PunyParker826 November 18, 2017 This is what we’re moving back to, what with local multiplayer dying its slow, painful death. Reply syphen909 November 18, 2017 Wow! 4 phone lines in one room!? Cool! Reply SNESLink November 18, 2017 This could also be easily mistaken for a photo of the original Id software devs. Reply sanjurodlc November 18, 2017 That was the real fun, cursing your bro right in his face after he fragged you and then everybody laughing because of how much fun we all were having togheter. Now 12 years tell me how badass they are over chat… Reply NoMenLikeMe November 18, 2017 Dude, those denim shorts and a aasics though Reply nwss00 November 18, 2017 Played plenty of Doom like this. Reply Ronin_Bones November 18, 2017 I spent countless hours playing Age of Empires II. Even had a teacher in high school who would get a couple of us students out of class sometimes so we can play for hours in the computer lab! Rainbow Six, BattleZone and Mech Warrior were my others grinds on the ole Gateway PC! Good times! Reply Keyser_Kaiser_Soze November 18, 2017 Reminds me of the Quake server takeover. 5:00PM most nights at the office. Reply DeaconOTR November 18, 2017 Oh the days….. Reply Bacon_Block November 18, 2017 When I was a kid my older brother and his friend who lived down the street used to play red alert 2 online. They both had dial up, so in order to communicate while playing they used cobra radios, so they coordinate their war effort. Those would dark/great times. Reply zumbafever November 18, 2017 This is heading down memory lane. My younger brother and his friends used to have this setup at our house. Reply Tacobellbux November 18, 2017 God, those side speakers bring me back. Reply Rareexample November 18, 2017 White socks, jean shorts and a sounblaster 16! Reply columbo33 November 18, 2017 During our lan parties since I had a fairly fast connection back in the day we would go raid online quake servers. Oh and when SMB browsing wasn’t disabled on the old EarthLink cable network we could see every damn work group in the city. We all became hackers that summer. Reply scott225225 November 18, 2017 This + Pepsi + Diablo = 1997 Reply stabthecynic November 18, 2017 I preferred the Valve TFC. Rocket jumping on 2fort… Reply Ivaar November 18, 2017 My friends and I are setting up a LAN party next month for a Civ game. It’s more about gaming fellowship than about the actual games I think. We still wind up doing at least a couple LANs a year. Reply unlock0 November 18, 2017 MF’n Compaq Presario scream’n 400mhz Reply 10000pelicans November 18, 2017 OH GOD ***JORTS*** Reply rfr61617 November 18, 2017 Those crts gave off so much heat Reply MonjStrz November 18, 2017 That room is running at a crisp 105 degrees Reply CMG_Donny November 18, 2017 Some good old LAN parties. Those were the days. Reply skeletonship332 November 18, 2017 I played quake on that exact same Compaq 15″ CRT with built in Mic and speakers in 1998 at a LAN “party!” Reply elsif1 November 18, 2017 LAN, eh? I remember using null modem cables (which was only good for two-player) as well as BBSes with Game Connection for games such as Doom, Descent, Duke3d, etc. No Ethernet until I got broadband in 1998, unfortunately. I actually remember a text-based game (a MUD called MajorMUD) completely overtaking all of those games on one of the BBSes. It was pretty crazy, but it totally explains the popularity of games like Everquest and WoW Reply roby_soft November 18, 2017 LAN party Reply Blazestar1000 November 18, 2017 That’ll be Multiplayer in 2018 if/when Net Neutrality gets repealed. Reply cfuse November 18, 2017 I don’t miss CRTs. Boat anchors. Reply Add Comment Cancel reply Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.