I loved having my friends over to play games and I loved going to my friends house to play games. The visits would always involve a trip to the rental store and a console wrapped in a plastic bag from the local grocery store. I miss gathering around the TV with friends and it seems that some Texas Tech students are with me.
Stephen Torrence came up with the idea for a retro gaming night during a winter break because there wasn’t anything like it before. Any console or game that another student had was welcome to the party with one stipulation — the games have to be made before the year 2000. The reason is because those are the games students grew up playing.
One of the appeals of the night was that the games and gamers were all in one room which is far more personal than the majority of multi-player games today. Instead of playing with a random person from Eastern Europe that you will never play with again, you are playing with that one guy who always is running full speed to class and you just introduced yourself to him — his name is Todd.
The mood sounded very sportsman like and fun rather than super competitive according to Doug Cooper, a freshman electrical engineering major from Austin:
Rather than cheering when someone lost a game, students were supportive and excited to see people playing these games they grew up with and would even call out advice occasionally
I think we could all use a game night gathering. Game night could have any console or game that can be brought and game night could be held anywhere! The point being to get together and game in a social setting.
Does anyone have any favorite gaming experiences with friends? Pleas feel free to share in the comments.
Retro Game Night Brings Out Classics, Good Memories [Daily Toreador]