Students group around computers to play games with one another at the ACM LAN party on Friday, March 22 in James R. Oliver Hall.

Tens of gaming fans met in James R. Oliver Hall to play games and have fun in the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) LAN party Friday, March 24.

The event itself was put on by ACM with the help of Ragin’ Cajuns’ eSports, and featured tournaments for “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” and the tennis mode in “Wii Sports.”

There were also several PCs, a virtual reality station, “Just Dance,” board games and several other fighting games set up for people.

Sophomore computer science major Kayla Winey and senior informatics major Diamond Blackwell are members of ACMW, partnered with ACM, and helped produce the LAN party.

Blackwell described how she was glad that the party was more successful than their first attempt at it last year.

“Last semester, we had a LAN party, and not as many people showed up, but this year we were able to get more flyers out and broadcast it to more people,” Blackwell said. “So a lot more people showed up than usual, which is really good.”

At the event, Blackwell and Winey managed the “Just Dance” station, where groups of two to four people could be seen dancing along to music at any point in the night.

Winey said the party gave students in the school of computer science and informatics a chance branch outside of their usual social circle, adding how students might not do in their average class day.

“I love how both the informatics and computer science majors are able to come together on one night and just have a good time and interact more than they may on a day-to-day basis,” Winey said. “I think that the LAN party is one of the best events that we have for socializing within this major and also for people outside of this major with similar interests.”

Alec Hebert, a sophomore computer science major, was one of the newer players in the “Smash” tournament, but went on to finish fifth. Outside of the tournament at the LAN party, Hebert has only played in one other tournament but he said he felt more excited to play than nervous.

“(There were) slight nerves, but it wasn’t like the butterflies-in-my-stomach type of nerves. It was more like ‘Ooh when’s the next match going to be,’” Hebert said. “It was a more comfortable form of nerves than actually being nervous.”

Hebert added he enjoyed participating in the tournament itself and intended to attend more local tournaments after meeting and speaking to some of the players at the LAN party.

“(The tournament) was fun, I enjoyed it,” Hebert said. “I just like playing (‘Smash’) mostly, but even when losing, I’m learning new things about the game. I mean, I don’t know too much about the technicals of the game itself.”

Senior digital media and design major Ja’bria Simon went to the party with Tajakia Jones, her second cousin, on one of her last days before Jones leaves to join the Navy. The two spent the night playing “Wii Sports,” “Mortal Kombat X,” “Mario Kart” and “Fallout 4.”

Simon said she enjoyed being able to spend time with new people.

“You know, nerds like me,” Jones said, adding she was happy to have the opportunity to spend time with friends and family before leaving.

“It’s bittersweet because I’m leaving, but I’m enjoying myself, I get to be with my family and my friends,” Jones said.

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