On Saturday, Sept. 18, from 7 p.m. to midnight, room 248 of the Bonnie was the site of LANFest 2010. There was wall-to-wall gaming, with three projectors playing games like Mario Kart Wii, Rock Band, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mario Party, Dance Dance Revolution or any other game you can imagine.
For first-person shooter fanatics, there was a 16-player match of Bungie’s much anticipated final chapter of the Halo franchise, Halo Reach. While held in the Bonnie, only one floor away from several eating establishments, there was also an on-site bake sale to raise money for the club sponsoring the event, the Radford University Chapter of Association of the Computing Machinery.
While LANFest 2010 was all fun and games, Alex Meade, President of the ACM RU Chapter, wants students to know what the ACM can do for them.
“We have two sides to the club. We have the professional side where we help students get jobs; we help them keep up with the industry. And we like to have the fun side too,” Meade said.
Meade also acknowledged some problems regarding awareness of what the club can do for students by attending the meetings themselves.
Meade said, “In the past, we didn’t have very big meetings at all. When I first got here, every meeting was like officers and two other people. And I wanted to change that. So, last semester I got elected president, and I said ‘Ok, I’m gonna go out and I’m really gonna start pushing.’”
Meade’s push has been comprised of mainly events like LANFest 2010. Last spring the club held a similar event, with a turnout of about 40 people. Expectations were high for LANFest 2010, but the final tally for attendees fell a bit short at 45.
Gamers who missed this event can look forward to the spring with another LANFest having the tentative date of March 2011. However, be sure to bring your own gaming equipment as the ACM doesn’t have a wealth of consoles, controllers and televisions to loan out.