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by MahoneyRed - September 26, 2013, 08:10:12 PM
Around here at FITES there are all of three people that play DOTA 2, myself being one of them, but now DOTA offers LAN support in their new "First Blood" update. It also included a GLaDOS announcer pack (which is awesome, BTW) and new crates! Yeah, crates aren't just for TF2.

The particulars about the LAN support aren't great though. Currently it's the same as hosting your own lobby, but now you don't need to ping the DOTA network. I was hoping for some kind of dedicated server option, which would make it better for tournaments at a LAN. It's nice to not need the outside connection, but hosting the lobby shouldn't be dependent on someone's hardware. It's just not optimal for a tournament, but less resource intensive than hosting a match from your computer and using your internet connection at the same time.

So, with some LAN support, does anyone feel like doing some easy learning lobbies at our upcoming Monthly LAN?

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by MahoneyRed - September 25, 2013, 03:20:38 PM
So it's not the greatest of fanfare that I was hoping for. I was hoping to actually see a picture of the new Steam Box, but I guess it can wait. This is the point where some would argue that I already have a Steam Box, and it's called my PC.

What was interesting about this is Steam has stated that in 2014 "there will be multiple SteamOS machines to choose from, made by different manufacturers." So they already have manufacturers of hardware lined up. Steam is, on their own, achieving the "one console" world that many gamers have asked for. No more excluding some of your friends because they own a different console. Now, you can all play your favorite games together across a variety of machines from different manufacturers.

I see this as a benefit to consumers. Hardware manufacturers get to focus on their hardware, and what makes them unique. Some people can go for performance; others for style; and others for quiet operation. More choice has typically been great for consumers. Software companies now get to focus on their titles. It lessens the drive to become an "exclusive title" for any one console, although I don't doubt people will find a way.

I'm not excited about the super limited beta run, but I've never been much of an early adopter. I'm hoping the idea catches on long enough for my kids to get their own Steam Boxes gift wrapped and under the tree. The question is, can we count on Steam OS and Steam Box to have LAN support? (I think so.)

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by MahoneyRed - September 24, 2013, 10:27:24 AM
Heavy looses an IQ - SFM

It's going to be a TF2 night this Friday night, and I want some full blown silly out there people. Combo together the most outrageous and ridiculous strategies you have never dared to try.

No mods, and no special maps. Just straight TF2. I want to return to the giggle factory damn it!

9 p.m. in the Teamspeak; server info coming soon.

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