One night of mayhem

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The Anime Club’s Video Game Night offered its attendees, for the reasonable cover charge of 2 dollars, a coupon for a free six-inch sub from Red Deli, a carbineer/LED flashlight/compass key chain from RC Willey and best of all, four hours of gaming joy.

The incredible thing about the video game night was that the club’s sponsor for the event, who was going to provide the games and the consoles, pulled out two hours prior to the event’s start.  Which left the Anime Club in quite a predicament, having to quickly find consoles, TVs, and games for their event. These items ended up being primarily provided by the club members and club advisor.

This aside, no one would have ever been able to tell that the event was pulled together in two short hours. The event’s tournaments ran smoothly and the different consoles were rarely left unattended. The players were always willing to trade off playing time and even welcomed inexperienced players.

The first of the three tournaments was the original Nintendo game, “Duck Hunt.” The competition was thrilling and in the end Joe Petersen was the winner, with a score of 212,800. To put this score in context, the fourth-highest score ever is 267,100 according to the Twin Galaxies Web site.

The next tournament was “Super Smash Brothers Brawl” for the Nintendo Wii. There were more people playing in this tournament than in any other tournament during the event. After a few intense rounds and a well-viewed final, the winner was Kip Riche. His victory marked the only time the whole night that there was applause for the winner of one of the tournaments.

The last tournament of the night was in “Halo 3.” Surprisingly, there were fewer competitors than expected with some dropping out before the tournament began. The game play was fierce and at the end of the night Bryan Bothwell was crowned the victor. He received a $50 gift card to Play and Trade, as well as a copy of “Gears of War.” Bryan dedicated his victory to Marcie Neilson his inspiring fiancée.

Due to the success of this event the Anime Club is talking about changing the frequency of the Video Game Night from once a year to once a semester. So the next time you have the urge to play games for four hours and want to hear the sounds of explosions and various bleeps and bloops, keep the Anime Club’s Video Game Night in mind.

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