By: Heather Nichols
Anchor Lifestyles Writer
Last Tuesday night marked the third anniversary of the Rhode Island College Otaku’s game night, and this year was the best thus far. After teaming up with the recently formed G.A.M.E.R, the two clubs were able to raise over $500 for the Child’s Play foundation, an organization that donates games and consoles to pediatric wings of hospitals around the world.
The festivities included four game tournaments with a buy-in fee, a raffle, and many free-to-play games and stations in the Student Union Ballroom. The tournaments included fighting games, Street Fighter x Tekken and Super Smash Bros., the first person shooter Halo Reach, and trading card game Magic. The winners of these tournaments walked away with either raffle tickets towards any prize or an item relevant to the game played. The raffle, with over 45 items donated by club members, was the bread winner of the night and almost everyone who entered walked away with a prize or two.
Bringing Books to Life also contributed to the free-play games by providing a music-themed version of Jeopardy where teams of two competed in the same format as the popular TV game show. The last two teams were within a point of each other, the winning team received bragging rights while the losing team helped themselves to some more free refreshments.
When the event was over and the money counted, the final amount came to $507.76 which will all be donated to Child’s Play this week.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better turnout. Thanks to everyone from G.A.M.E.R as well as the other clubs involved. The night was a success,” said Alexandra Weston, RIC Otaku President and Anchor Editor. With some new executive board members entering both clubs, G.A.M.E.R and Otaku are planning to make next year’s game night even better.