Top 5 LAN Party Foods

LAN parties are something of a dying breed. Players can now get the extreme multiplayer experience through online play subscriptions without the hassle of carting TVs, game systems and cables over to their friend's houses. But diehards still enjoy LAN parties, and they've created their own distinct food parameters - they can't be too greasy or require utensils, and they must have minimal cleanup. So, grab your Monster, Jolt, Red Bull or Bawls, as we count down the top 5 LAN party foods.

5. Chips

It's a typical snack food, but our gamer friends say it's at every party. However, nearly every gamer we spoke to complained that you end up having to wipe down your controller afterwards. Sources say the plain, low-salt and original flavors work best.

4. Cupcakes

Cupcakes make awesome LAN party foods. Cupcake liners act as a built-in plate, so you don't have to worry so much if you do end up setting it on your friend's floor. However, most people tend to get a little jittery after eating their fill of cupcakes.

3. Hot wings

Wings have the possibility of being great LAN party foods. Hot wings are two-bite, one handed foods, and if you get them naked or with minimal sauce, they don't crap up your controller too much.

2. Hot Pockets/Pizza rolls

These two are grouped together because they are basically the same concept. Hot, cheesy goodness, surrounded by crispy, crusty goodness. No utensils, and you can eat them while your character is respawning.

1. Pizza

More than half of all LAN parties order pizza, and for good reason. Pizza is the perfect LAN party food - it requires no prep (someone else does your dirty work), and it's cheap, somewhat nutritious, and plate-optional.

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