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Video Game Club ends the year on a high score

Club members choose their avatars on Mario Kart. Photo by Nadia Isom

On Wednesday, May 22, Chemeketa’s Video Game Club gathered around controllers, pizza and friends to celebrate their last event of the school year called, a Modern Couch Game Meetup.

The club has been meeting Wednesdays from 2 p.m to 4 p.m. and has offered students an opportunity to play group video games like Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart.

Nicholas Duncan-Calhoon, club attender for the past several weeks, stated his appreciation for the club during the event, “It’s great. People can bond over similar stuff. [They] can—not really fight, but compete over something, but also end up as friends.”

Club president for the past year, Matthew Etzel, explained his nostalgic reasoning behind planning the event.

“I’m sure a lot of people remember in the past having friends or siblings on the couch and those were great co-op games or competitive things, but those sorts of games aren’t around very often these days… I want multiple people playing at once.”

Etzel continued to explain that the event was also a potential goodbye for the club, as he is likely stepping down from his position which could lead to the ending of the club.

In response to his future successor, Etzel stated, “If someone else comes along and reforms the video game club while I’m still here I will support them, 100 percent.” He also explained how he plans to organize the club’s resources and write out advice for the next president so that, “…if someone else comes along and asks ‘hey where’s the videogame club?’ [the advisors] can go, ‘there isn’t one right now, but there are resources.’”

Etzel had an optimistic view of the club coming to a close, stating “It’s basically just a matter of, not laying a club to rest, but letting it finish on a good note. Summer’s coming up, that’s a sensible time to let the club rest for awhile.”

For those who missed the chance to be a part of Chemeketa’s video game club, there are still opportunities to play or watch videogames between classes with the Competitive Fighting Games (CFGC) Club on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bldg. 2 lobby.

Other groups are listed on the clubs and organizations page of Chemeketa Community College’s website.

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