Last Saturday the club level of Resser stadium was once again filled with the yells of victory and defeat. Instead of fans carrying in OSU Chainsaws, sweatshirts and Elvis Costumes; the students of OSU and the community had monitors, hard drives, and even a few Xbox 360s. Yes once again it was the OSU UO Civil War LAN. For those of you who are less tech savvy a LAN is a Local Area Network and they are used when a multitude of gamers wish to play the same game at the same time and only want to play against other players in the LAN.
Walking into Resser during a LAN is like nothing I have ever seen before. At least 24 tables are in the center of the club level and six players sit on each table. Computer sizes vary as much as the gamers themselves. The bar served drinks all night long, with pizza for dinner, muffins in the morning, and chipotle for lunch. Over in the two corners sat the Xbox 360s. Even though there were less Xbox 360 players the yells from the corners were just as impressive as the yells from the PCs.
At the club level there were over 200 gamers who arrived to play for the OSU team. The LAN tournament was subdivided into two groups: Consoles and PCs. The console portion consisted of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 from midnight until six am, then Street Fighter from six am until noon, and then finally Halo 3 from noon until four. The winners of each console tournament played another team back in Eugene. Because I am a console gamer I cannot say when each compute game was played though I know that they did play: HON, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Counter Strike Source, Team Fortress 2 and a few others that I did not recognize.
As the tournament progressed on through the night and the following afternoon players came and went yet we all came back for two things, the food and the raffle. The raffle was the culmination of the LAN tournament with prizes from graphic cards to bobble heads, from a new Xbox 360 to the beautiful Alienware headphones. In the end OSU won most of the console trophies and a majority of the computer trophies. Though this was only the second tournament between OSU and UO it seems that it is easily becoming a long lasting tradition with no signs of going away.