A descriptive web post on how to organise and set up a LAN party describes it as “a great American nerd pastime”. Others take game-playing parties more seriously, and recommend them as a team building activity that can be arranged as short interval breaks at the office.
The idea of implementing game-playing parties in the office during short lunch and coffee breaks may raise some controversy and diametrically opposed views. Proponents of this type of activity claim that game-playing intervals produce stress relief, relaxation, productivity improvement, and team building as major benefits. Game-playing LAN parties are more suitable in office environments where work routines involve computer or administrative work. It might be an idea to ask around to see who would be interested in this before beginning organisation.
People who advocate game playing LAN parties emphasise that they would only be implemented as short 3-10 minute increments in which workers come together for relaxation and enjoyment. In turn, this would produce both cognitive and team relationship benefits.
As for the games themselves, studies have found that computer strategy games provide cognitive benefits.
So, how to go about planning and setting up a LAN party at work? If intervals of game-playing is the theme of such parties, then you need some sys-admin skills to organise them.
This largely depends on the IT infrastructure already in place in your office, so you need to engage or consult the IT staff. Essential requirements include:
Finally, the game format and rules need to be determined.
The game selection is best conducted as a team effort. Depending on resources available, the following game titles are popular for LAN parties:
With a little organisation, a LAN Party could be an exciting addition to your office environment which would certainly break up the working week.