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A social event based around a LAN (local area network) where participants engage in computer activities such as multiplayer gaming.
Origin: LAN + party
A LAN party is a temporary gathering of people with computers or game consoles, between which they establish a local area network, primarily for the purpose of playing multiplayer video games. The size of these networks may vary from the very small to very large installations. Small parties can form spontaneously, but large ones usually require a fair amount of planning and preparation. As of 2010, the world record for the size of a LAN party is 12,754 connected systems, set at DreamHack, in Jönköping, Sweden. LAN party events differ significantly from LAN gaming centers and Internet cafes in that they generally require participants to bring your own computer and are not permanent installations, often taking place in general meeting places or residences.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
An event to which several users bring their boxes and hook them up to a common LAN (Local Area Network), often for the purpose of playing multiplayer computer games, especially action games such as Quake or Unreal Tournament. This is also a good venue for people to show-off their fancy new hardware. Such events can get pretty large, several hundred people attend the annual QuakeCon in Texas. The theoretical rationale behind LAN parties is that playing over the Internet often introduces too much lag in the playing experience — but just as important is the special quality of trash-talking each other across the room while playing, and the instinctive social ritual of consuming vast amounts of food and drink together.
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