The Gaming Club or LAN (Local Area Network) Parties started when Andrew Preston, psychology major at American River College, brought his consoles to school with him. He sat down with his friends and decided to set up a place where they could all game on campus.
Preston is in charge of bringing consoles, games, and other equipment. Lyle Rewey, Programming and Computer Science major at ARC, is the tabletop representative, which means he oversees the card games such as Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic the Gathering. Rewey, as acting secretary, sets up tournaments and makes sure the funding for activities is stable.
Preston is currently serving as acting president. The club hasn’t become official yet, but the process is being finished up. The petition is in the process of being ratified. Once ratified the club will be official.
Video games played at the club consist of: standard fighters such as Street Fighter, shooters such as Halo and Call of Duty Modern Warfare, and role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. Other activities include tournaments, online play, pizza parties, and fundraisers.
Cristo Velasco, English major at ARC, currently serves as the club’s gaming representative. Whenever Preston needs extra equipment
Velasco is the one to bring it. “I game outside of school. Since I have time, why not converse with other people and play next to somebody?” Velasco said.
Jasleen Sandhu, biology major at ARC, is not a member of the club, but she does play games such as Battlefield and “anything that has to do with shooting.” Sandhu said she would be more likely to join the club if they played interesting games such as Call of Duty.
Velasco recommends that others join the club. “If you game outside of school and find it as a hobby, then come here and do some LAN play. This is why I like this because you can see the person you’re playing with,” Velasco said.
The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday in the cafeteria in Room 610 across from Subway in the Portable Village. Bring your games and controllers and join the fun.