Gaming Club: A Retrospective

A Reflection of Good Times in the Club

November 28, 2020 12:30 AM
Super Smash Bros. was one of the games Gaming Club enjoyed playing (Mika Baumeister/Unsplash)
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Note: This story was originally produced over a month ago. Information, dates, predictions, and other details may be outdated.

St. Cloud High School has a variety of clubs and sports for its students. Because of the current pandemic going on all over the world, it is difficult for groups of people to meet up like they used to before pandemic, so certain groups have been forced to meet in smaller groups, meet in other locations, or just not to meet at all. Our Gaming Club is also one of these clubs unable to meet due to the current situation we, unfortunately, are trapped in.

Despite this, the last few years of Gaming Club were quite enjoyable for the most part. One of the previous members of the gaming club had this to say about this to say about his experience: “It was alright. The club in general was mostly just Smash, so the variety just really made it very limited.”

One day Gaming Club was surprised by getting a VR experience, similar this one (Uriel Soberanes/Unsplash)

While the gaming club was fun when they could meet, there could have been some improvement in the variety and game selection at the meetings held, as the above-stated member said. There were plenty of people who would come to Gaming Club nearly every week in order to just kick back, have fun, hang out with their friends, and play video games. There were also tournaments that would take place nearly every other month with good times, food, and prizes for the one who proved themselves victorious. The prizes usually consisted of a gift card of about $20 to $25, depending on which game was being played. The admittance fee for said tournaments was usually around $10—this fee also covered the food that’s brought in once the tournament officially gets underway.

The games that were normally played at these tournaments Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Pokken Tournament, and many more. Many of Gaming Club's finest competitors gather to compete for the rewards given in the end. Gaming Club is not always just those games as one time there was someone who brought an Oculus Quest virtual reality headset for the club to borrow. There was also a group for those who prefer to play cards and fantasy games like Pokemon, Yu-GI-Oh, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), and so much more.

Gaming club is a place for those who like video games and other types of games to meet up, talk, really let loose and just be themselves. I am willing to say that it is possible past members of Gaming Club viewed it as a unique “home away from home,” if you will. Hopefully Gaming Club as well as all other clubs here at SCHS will be able to meet up again once COVID has been fully and completely dealt with.

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