Game On, Gaming Gurus

NATHAN WETROSKY | THE SPECTRUM
The Video Game Club (pictured here) gives students an opportunity to just drop in and play games with their peers.

One of the many clubs here at NDSU is the Video Game Club.

I didn’t know we had a video game club, and I have been looking for a club to join anyway. So, I decided to check it out.

After asking James Beckers, one of the members on their Facebook page, if I could drop on by to see what the club was like, he said they would be happy to have me. At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, I went up to room 334 (which is subject to change) in the A. Glenn Hill Center, where I walked into a fun and friendly environment.

Beckers, the person who responded to my question on Facebook, met me there. He described to me what the club was about and helped answer my questions.

I thought the Video Game Club felt like an informal meet and greet. Video games are a great way for people to connect over a shared interest. After a few respawns, video games are easy to be competitive with, and anyone can play them and have fun. A student can just drop on by and play some games, say hello to a few individuals, yell at a screen and then be on their way.

I learned that after each meeting, members vote on what game will be played by everyone during the next session. Last Tuesday, “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” an open world first/third person shooter game, and “Stellaris,” a space empire building simulator, were the chosen games of the night.

If you do not have a powerful enough laptop, like me, or a console you can bring to a meeting, that is alright: the club owns a couple of original Xboxes and a few PlayStations, so everyone who shows up can have a good time.

One activity I found out the club does each month is they rent two sections of computers at Section 9, near the end of 12th Avenue North, and have gaming tournaments.

Last year, many of the previous members graduated, so the Video Game Club is looking for more people to grow their ranks to make meetings and competitions more interesting.

If you want to join a club, but are not sure which one to pick, I suggest the Video Game Club here at NDSU. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

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