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NE club explores the realm of gaming

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Blue playstation controller. Illustration by Markus Meneses

CESAR LUCIO
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collegian.editor@tccd.edu

The Gamers Club is a club that welcomes students to play games and even bring their
own.

Every Friday, from 4-8 p.m., students could go to either NSTU 1506 or the cafeteria’s
Game Station to play games with other members. Students would go to a link in Canvas to join, however, that is not really required as people could just show up and hang out with other people and play games for the evening.

The club is open to any kind of game: video games, board games, tabletop games,
card games, etc. A club member is free to bring any game they wish; if other people are interested, that game gets played. Their club motto is “You bring it, we play it”.

“The reason it is ‘You bring it, we play it’ is one, for fun, because it’s awesome to be
able to find and have that community that can explore these niche things with,’ said Alexander Tidwell, club officer.

The club officers would also bring their own games. This past Friday, the club adviser
Toni Whalen brought the horror fiction role-playing game, “Call of Cthulhu”. Club officer Connor Lanrey mentioned that he wanted to get people interested in “Vampire: the Masquerade”.

“I would love to get a group together for this,” Lanrey said. “It’s so interesting. It’s an
interesting game where you basically play as the monster, essentially. And you have to maintain your humanity as a vampire and it’s so interesting.”

The Gamers Club provides a welcoming environment for people to either share their
interests or find new interests with other people. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a huge amount of indie-developed games were released that many people did not play. The gamers club provides a place for those games to be played by people interested.

The club hosts many tournaments for the club, based on popular games, that club
is playing at the time. Tidwell has mentioned that tournaments in the past were related to the games, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with giving out a copy of Pokemon Violet and a “Nintendo Gamecube” modding chip as prizes. Tidwell also said that they wish to host another chess tournament.

“We host a lot of events,” said Tidwell. “We do want to host more. It’s really like just
prize pulls. We hosted a chess tournament too because we don’t just focus on Smash … The chess tournament, we didn’t really have a prize, it was just cool. Chess is fun. We rented out the big chessboard because it’s more fun to play on that. We do host things and we wish to host more in the future.”

Gamers Club was a mixture of different kinds of clubs, which have been modernized
by the current club officers.

“I wanna say that the Gamers Club came from like a consolidation from multiple
other clubs,” said the club president. “I know at one time there was an independent Chess Club. Essentially all the other clubs have become a super club.”

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