Some say he never sleeps and eats only gourmet amaretto cupcakes. Others claim he's a hyperactive optimist. To citizens of the Destructoid empire, though, he's Captain Starkey, Intergalactic Games Journalist.
Disclosure: In my undergrad at the University of Minnesota, I did do PR and event promotion for Microsoft. It does not and has not affected any of the pieces I have written, but it is something that you, as a reader, should know.
I realized that Iíve pretty much only posted larger articles Iíd like to post some smaller, more regular things dealing predominantly with my experiences with several on-campus video game clubs. Iím a President of one, vice of another, founder of another and an officer in yet another.
So one of the many things I spend my time on is a little group at the University of Minnesota called GG. We meet once a week to talk about a particular topic in gaming. Sometimes we discuss a franchise, sometimes a political or cultural issue in gaming. Sometimes people prepare a presentation to give to the rest of the group, but most of the time we just chat. Itís nice and cold.
I was determined to start the group when I started thinking about how all extant gaming clubs on campus were competitive- and thatís usually not something I am very interested in. I tend to be a social single-player. I like playing games and then talking about them or playing a game with someone else in the room watching. On the rare circumstance that I do play multiplayer games, I like them in the context of friendly competition as opposed to the all-out blood-sport it typically turns into.
All things considered Iíd say that weíve done quite well for ourselves. We get roughly 20 attendees per week, and we could probably pull more if we advertised, but after ~25 it gets hard to control. We currently have two discussion group leaders, Megan and I. With the two of us, we keep things running smoothly most of the time. OhÖ alsoÖ I met my girlfriend through this clubÖ soÖ maybe itís a great way to get a lady friend.
Iíve thought about maybe putting up our weekly topics as a blog post and summarize our discussions, or perhaps making a podcast or something. If thereís enough demand Iíll probably start in on this.
If this is something you have ever thought about or wanted to do, I can definitely provide you with some pointers to make this work on your campus.