10th Annual No Man's LAN Tournament Hosted at St. Clair
Windsor, ON - Large crowds of gamers attended this year's No Man's LAN tournament held at St. Clair College this weekend.

Each year, hundreds take part in the electronic gaming event, said Derek Richard, president of St. Clair's Information Technology Club, which hosts the LAN tournament each year.

"This event continues to grow each year and is a fun way to take computer gaming out of the home and into a space where you can interact and compete against hundreds of other gamers," said Richard.

"Electronic gaming is continuing to gain popularity, so it makes sense to host an event like this so that the community of Windsor-Essex can come out and have a chance to hook up the Local Area Network (LAN) and compete against many other gamers in a unique setting."

A gamer participates in the No Man's LAN tournament.
A gamer participates in the No Man's LAN tournament.

LAN tournaments and parties are gatherings of people with computers or compatible game consoles who connect through a Local Area Network (LAN) for the purpose of playing multiplayer video games. They are held worldwide and are growing in popularity.

From Friday at 6 p.m. until Sunday at 9 p.m., the 10th annual LAN tournament took place at St. Clair's main campus. The event was hosted in a new spot on campus this year - the gym in the main building - which provided more space and allowed gamers to spread out more and be more comfortable as they waged electronic warfare against their opponents.

While many just pop in on the tournament to spend some hours gaming, some of the participants stayed and played straight through the entire 51 hours the event took place.

First-year St. Clair Computer Systems Technology - Networking student Robert Edward only took a couple of breaks to catch some shut-eye during the 48 hours he was at the event.

"I'd say I slept for about five hours total," said Edwards. He came well equipped to stay alert as he played - lots of snacks and caffeinated pop.

"My friend and I have probably gone through about six packs of pop," said Edwards, pointing to a pile of empty 12-pack cases.

He also brought along a cot for when he slept, and a change of clothes. Although he was tired, he said the unique entertainment event - which he's attended before - is something he definitely plans to attend again in the future.

"Playing with a group of people, it makes it easier to communicate what you're doing in combat situations and stuff like that," said Edwards. "It makes things a lot more interesting."

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