Campus Gamers at CSUB
The Campus Gamers club at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), was created in September, 2011. It very quickly became one of the fastest growing and most respected clubs on campus.
Campus Gamers meets every Friday at 3 PM in the Business Development Center at CSUB, in room 154b for a business meeting, which is followed by a "gaming meeting", where club members and guests play games of all kinds. The club is "platform neutral", meaning it does not focus on one particular kind of gaming or a single platform. Members are discouraged from what is frequently referred to as "fanboyism," so there are no arguments about Playstation vs. Xbox, Console vs. PC, or video games vs. board, card or tabletop games. Members celebrate when other members find a game they're happy with, even if the game isn't of personal interest to them. Membership only requires attending three regular business meetings or other officially recognized club events. Attending gaming meetings only is not sufficient for membership.
Club membership is also "gamer neutral", meaning that game lovers of all kinds are welcome. Membership includes hardcore and casual gamers, and people of different genders, races, religions, nationalities, sexual orientation and physical abilities. The club does not practice "tolerance", rather, it practices "inclusion." Tolerance means letting someone into your house. Inclusion means welcoming them into your home.
Some favorite games of club members include League of Legends, Overwatch, Halo, FIFA, Minecraft, Super Smash Bros, Pandemic, D&D, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Rock Band, Just Dance, and Cards Against Humanity.
Campus Gamers provides game consoles, software, monitors and controllers for a variety of local groups like Kern Co. Dept. of Human Services' "Breakfast With Santa" event for foster youth, the "KISSMAS" party for the Bakersfield Homeless Center, game days for clients at the New Advances for People with Disabilities center, and more.
The club has also provided gaming equipment BakAnime, the Bakersfield Mini-Con, Bakersfield Comic-Con, Ani-Me Con, FresCon, the Tulare CA Sci-Fi Con, the Bakersfield Home and Garden Show and the former L.A. Cosplay Con.
Campus Gamers' biggest annual event is "Extra Life", a gaming marathon to raise money for the Lauren Small Children's Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital (BMH). In six years, the club has raised over $175,000 by loaning gaming equipment for use at the event, securing donations of food and prizes, and promoting the events on campus and around Bakersfield.
Campus Gamers attends many functions on campus including fall and spring Club Fairs, University Day, New Student Convocation, College: Making it Happen, and more.
Club members donate the use of their gaming consoles for "The Best. Week. Ever. - Game Over edition" where games are available free to play for all students and faculty for a full week in the Student Union.
The club has held "Game Day at the Cafe" events, and "End-of-Quarter" gaming parties.
Finally, Campus Gamers is instrumental in the success of the campus' "RowdyCon" event each spring. RowdyCon features areas for gaming, vendors, crafters, artists, student organization games and activities, tournaments, cosplayers, concerts, a movie, a dance, and more. More information is available at www.rowdycon.com.
The club can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.