It may seem passe or even Internet 1.0 but are LAN parties out of date? When is the last time you attended or even hosted a LAN party? Remember back in the day epic Quake death matches? Warcraft II battles on the college network? Or even good old Starcraft (damn those zerg!). The recent news that Blizzard does not plan on supporting LAN play for the upcoming Starcraft 2 release has hardcore fans up in arms. Perhaps old school multiplayer strategy games have caught up to with the times. Free LAN play is not a money maker (as Blizzard has discovered) the real money is in monthly subscription models like the World of Warcraft. Citing reasons such as piracy and touting the upgraded Battlenet infrastructure players will be forced online if they want multiplayer contests.
Officially LAN parties (for Starcraft 2) will be over but I’m sure some hacker will find a work around. So I guess in the meantime (while we wait for the actual release) we’ll just have to rant about the lack of LAN support and shake our fists angrily. I’m sure the thousands of net-cafe’s are furiously working on a solution as we speak.