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Laclede's LAN 4

November 20, 2004

Laclede’s LAN 4 was our first major battle against an unwelcome new enemy – Valve’s new digital distribution platform, Steam. Steam required an internet connection to update, and Valve released an update for Counter-Strike the night before our event that made older versions incompatible. Committed to making our tournament happen, Dudsmack took a 56K PCI modem and systematically got every tournament entrant updated via a dial-up connection he owned. The release of Half-Life 2 was huge, but at the time, Steam was a nasty price to pay for it. ...

Laclede's LAN 2

September 8, 2004

If you’re looking for the first Laclede’s LAN appearance of both BEan and ACE (and who wouldn’t), it’s right here at our second event. ACE showed up with a case whose yellow sheen evoked visions of a tropical paradise, even in the darkest basement of Chesterfield Presbyterian Church. Although still sequestered in the kids’ area, and still using ancient monitors and equipment, we doubled our attendance to 16 people, and started the competitive tradition of LL with our tournaments in StarCraft and Counter-Strike 1. ...