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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Halo 2

Some of the boys from our parish want us to host a LAN party-it's where everyone brings their computers and they hook them up together and they can play games with each other. The kid who has been taking charge has told us that if we don't allow "M" games, no one will come.

So last night, after RelEd, he hooked up "Halo 2" and showed me what all was involved. Halo 2 is an M rated game. (I'd liken the rating, which means "Mature" to an "R" rating, though many many many of the kids own and play "M" games).

The game does involve killing one another-but there is very little blood, no body parts go flying off and you actually look more like an android than a human. You are in this bulky body armor and are rather maching like. There are no women in this (meaning no nudity) and no profanity. After viewing the game, I think I'd put it somewhere between a PG13 movie and an R rated movie.

But-it's rated "M". Do we have a LAN party with this game?


Blogger MJ said...

Coming from a student living in a dorm full of science nerds I can assure you that Halo is the game of choice. I haven't played much, but at least it isn't overly sexual in nature like so many of the other games. I think if you want to have a successful event you have to allow the game to be played. There really isn't a point in a LAN party if you can't play the game you want.

All in all, i think a LAN party is a great way to reach out to new teens. Hope it works out that way...

4:04 PM  
Blogger Mike Roesch said...

I would make a word of caution on hosting a LAN party. If it's an officially church-hosted event, with mostly kids from your youth group, and you or another adult is going to be there, then I'm sure everything would be fine. But several years ago one of my close friends started hosting LAN parties at his Lutheran church. After doing this a couple of times, the events grew to 40 or 50 kids (mostly college-aged), and, while the main attraction was playing games, a significant side attraction was the trading of downloaded music, movies, and especially pornography. After all, it's not often that you get 50 kids directly connected together in a high-speed network.

Granted, this was a situation where he had essentially rented their church hall and had everyone pay five bucks, so there was no supervision and no church sanctioning, but it's important to remember the way these things can go.

4:08 PM  
Blogger TCYM Lounge said...

mj-so you're saying it would be ok for a church to allow it? It seemed alright to me, but I'm not a big gamer.

michael, thanks for the heads up. I don't plan to do this real often, we'll just see how this goes. They won't have access to the internet-just to each others' computers.

6:16 PM  

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