Recently, I had the lovely privilege to join hundreds of gamers in the NY/NJ/CT area last night for a one night a year event called GAME NIGHT at Queens College Student Union. This spectacular event brought geeks and gamers of all ages, nationalities, genders, races for a huge geek/game party. College students from all over the city and out of town came together to game, sing, dance, and play musical chairs?
Marcos Ynoa is the current president of the Sci-Anime Club at Queens College with 2 terms under his belt. Having grown up in a neighborhood with kids whom didn't have the same interest, Marcos now connects with other students whom had the same experiences. Geeks and gamers closed off from social circles as kids and teenagers come together to celebrate the joys of being a geek and gamer. I was able to talk to Marcos about the video game culture and what this small community of gamers are aspiring to accomplish.
Our goal is to get out there, get the word out there to get people to network with others who have similar interest and we bring them together to represent a very large culture. We get all types of interest crowds of games, anime, comics and they are evenly represented. We are a very diverse group as you can see tonight. We're very corky and having fun. This event is pretty successful every time we hold it. We network with larger networks in the are: Saint Johns University, Brooklyn college, FIT, QCC, and other very large networks of similar interest groups. Some of us participate or volunteer at Comic Cons because we have a passion for a culture and we are happy to help represent it. We consider this community a very big family. We have Thanksgiving events, Fashion Shows, Formals, and Game Night.
We reach out to people who don't know how to express themselves or feel ashamed. We say to them embrace it and make a part of you make it a strength, not a weakness. Gaming is a passion so make a way to use that influence useful to you. We help in building up skills; leadership skills, social skills, and career driven skills. We're here and we're representing the sci-fi geek/game culture, so keep your head up and keep going. Who cares what people say, you love it flaunt it.
When it comes to Girls and guys, they are equally represented. This is the last place bias should be accepted since we should know growing up about bias and how a lot of people look at us weird. Our gaming culture is more cultural than the cultural club. Cosplayers, gamers comic book enthusiast, anybody with a passion, nothing is ever too weird. We embrace every form of geek/gamer pride. We all grew up under the same kind of influence and we can all gain strength from it whether you're a guy or girl. We get lots of girls here and it breaks these barriers of what a girl should be doing or what a guy should be doing; those social norm kinda things. This is a way to express your individuality and both genders do it magnificently here and I'm very proud of it. Be proud of your pride and make it a strength, not a weakness.
It was so awesome to see many different gamers and geeks come together to celebrate their hobby and to simply have fun. What are events you hold that bring gamers together from all walks of life?