Gamers find community through competition

Sellersburg, Ind. sophomore Stephen Green, 19, (right) loses a rock, paper, scissors match against Bowling Green local Nick Kafogolis, 30, (left) before starting a Super Mario Smash Bros. Melee during one of Gamer’s Guild tournaments on Friday, Sept. 15 in DSU. Kathryn Ziesig/HERALD

Julie Hubbell

Every Friday evening, a group of students huddles around screens, playing video games in Downing Student Union room 2085.

These video game players are members of Gamers’ Guild, and they said there’s more to their community than gaming.

While Gamers’ Guilds usually focus on tabletop games, this particular one is an extension where the players compete in Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Melee.

“We wanted to have our own club because this is competitive on a national level,” WKU alum Nick Kafoglis said. “We usually go to regional events and four or five times a year we try to go to national ones.”

Players, just as in physical sports, can have sponsors, and tournaments are an important element.

Jasper, Indiana sophomore Jefferson Tunks said rather than the competition it’s the sense of community which makes the Gamer’s Guild important to him.

“It is consistently somewhere I can go where people have the same interest as me,” Tunks said.

Bowling Green senior Thaddeus Crews agreed.

“We’re able to bring people together of different ages and different majors,” he said. “For people, it’s more than just a game – it’s a social experience.”

The guild is open to any interested students and can be attended on Fridays at 4 to 11 p.m. in DSU 2085.