Category Archives: Events
Watch it and realize how cool LAN parties are. Come to Boiler Frag next year if you can can (check out PUGG.net later in the year for the date/time), or host your own awesome LAN party. Just whatever you do, invite me.
Note: I spent an hour with the Purdue Itap people trying to figure out how to embed a Soundslide (it doesn’t seem to work like regular videos) on a wordpress page. If anyone knows how to, let me know and I’ll have it up embeded in this post right away!
Every Wednesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. the Purdue Starcraft Club hangs out and plays Starcraft II in Stanley Coulter Room 289. I say that the group hangs out because there is no better way to describe the laid back but intense matches held by this close group of friends.
The group plays competitive matches amount themselves and sometimes online players. Although many of the members are veterans of the space-themed strategy game, players of all skill levels are invited to every meeting.
The meetings are optional so generally about a dozen of the clubs players show up to a meeting. Each week,’s meeting may find almost a completely different group of players than the week before.
When I visited the group’s weekly meeting this Wednesday I found a group of gamer friends playing in a single team deathmatch together. The group was casually yelling funny quips and jests throughout the entire meeting. The meetings are as loud as they are fun.
Despite the casual nature of the meeting you could tell that these very skilled players were serious about Starcraft. A projector in the front of the room constantly plays footage from Starcraft II tournaments.
If you have some interest in Starcraft II but aren’t great at the game yet, or don’t even own the game, don’t worry. Each meeting at least a couple of the club members will bring in a flash drive with the game saved on it. The game is then downloaded to every computer that is being used. Purdue doesn’t allow the game to stay on their computers so deletes the game after each meeting.
The good news for you: You can play Starcraft II at the Purdue Starcraft Club for free.
It’s awesome that you can play the game for free, but you still may be worried about your Starcraft skill level. I went to the meeting having (shamefully) never played Starcraft II. It had been a long time since I was any good at the original Starcraft. Despite this, the group encouraged me to play with them; I didn’t even have to ask if I could.
Ravi Pareek, the club’s event planner and someone that I had the pleasure to interview earlier, took half an hour to give me a crash course on playing the Protoss Race. After Ravi offered me tips while I played for just 30 minutes I feel like I am better at the Starcraft series than I ever have been. (Now I’m merely ‘pretty terrible’.)
I was very impressed at how at ease and friendly all of the players were. They accepted me in with open arms and went out of their way to have fun with me and to instruct me on how to be better at the incredibly competitive game. Thanks the the Purdue Starcraft Club I can no personally vouch for how insanely fun Starcraft II is. I suggest that any gamer check the group out even if you’ve never played the game before.
The sweet chirping of bird song is in the air; women are buying their first tiny bikini of the year; people are preventing sun burns from trips down south by burning themselves in tanning salon. Ah yes, readers, Spring Break has arrived.
As many students and adults scramble to pack and figure out what they will do over break, you can sit back and relax. You know what you are doing over break. You’re going to game.
So continue to sit back and relax and read up on some of the best new releases that you can enjoy over the Purdue campus Spring Break.
Extra Wisdom: Feel free to listen in on the purchasing advice of my good friend, Will Russell. He will impart short dashes of questionable wisdom in-between casually sipping on a fine scotch while seated in a folding chair surrounded by sand, under a tanning light in his living room. Will has already checked out for Spring Break.
Mass Effect 3 – March 6
Mass Effect 3 just released and it is sure to be on most gamers’ to-enjoy list this Spring Break. The blockbuster is the exciting conclusion to the action-RPG space opera crafted by Bioware. The game is designed to be fun for those that enjoy action, an excellent story, or both. Modes exist to focus on the player’s distinct play style. It is possible to tone down the story elements to focus more on combat or to make combat simpler to focus on the story of the game. To further sweeten the deal, Mass Effect 3 is the first game in the series to have a multiplayer mode where you can play with up to three friends online. (Multiplayer is optional for single player purists.) The reviews are hot! Play this game over break. Check out the reviews.
Extra Wisdom – Will discusses whether or not to download the day-one DLC character for Mass Effect 3 Will Interview Part 1
Major League Baseball 2K12 – March 6
Major League Baseball 2k12 may be the highest profile baseball game released on all major systems this year. What is most interesting of the new additions to the long running series is the dynamic system in which batters and pitchers will increase or decrease in skill during games. If a batter hits a fast ball from a pitcher, he is more likely to do so next time the pitcher throws a fast ball. The batter then has a better chance to hit the next fast ball farther. Likewise, if a pitcher throws a knuckleball and strikes the batter out, the batter is more likely to be struck out by a knuckleball next time he is up to bat. This simulation is sure to be awesome for all baseball fans. Check out the reviews.
PS3 owners don’t get suckered: Another high-profile baseball sim, MLB 12 The Show, just came out March 6 as well as a Playstation exclusive. Although MLB 2K12 has been received quite positively, MLB 12 The Show has received consistently higher reviews. You win this round Playstation!
Street Fighter X Tekken – March 6
The game is the first crossover between the two violently loved series. Street Fighter X Tekken features 19 Street Fighter characters and 19 Tekken characters all brawling together in the Street Fighter Universe. Expect plenty of button mashing and tight controls. Grab your friends and finally settle whether or not Ryu can take down Jin. Check out the reviews.
I Am Alive – March 7
This is a DLC arcade game that took six years to make. The game plays as a survival action game set in the near future after an apocalyptic “event” has left most of the earth destroyed and covered in killer dust. Your character is on a platforming and weapon-based combat adventure to find his family. The game has met mixed, but mostly positive reviews. Since the game is a downloadable title it only costs $15. Be sure to check out this title of you get tired of the sun, blue skies, and society during your break. Check out the reviews.
Mario Party 9 – March 11
Not many games are listed under the genre “party” but Mario Party 9 boldly is. Expect lightning rounds of fun multiplayer mini games like in previous Mario Party titles. It’s been almost five years since Mario Party 8; Nintendo is sure to pull all the shots for this new entry into the series. If you’re looking for that next game to whip out during your own Spring Break parties to entertain your many tanned guests at once, look no farther than Mario Party 9. Check out the reviews.
Extra Wisdom: Will describes how Mario Party can ruin friendships. Will Interview Part 2
Silent Hill: Downpour – March 13
Silent Hill can be a bizarre and haunting survival horror franchise. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked and many think that the series has seen better days. Downpour is chance for the series to redeem itself with strong potential. The game promises return the series to its horror roots, while still being different from previous titles. Downpour features new locations, a new rain mechanic, and even a new soundtrack. Most exciting is player’s the ability to use everyday items that you find as impromptu weapons against the terrors that hunt you. Check out this title for a good scare. Check out the reviews.
Journey – March 13
Journey is being reviewed as a visual masterpiece that many game reviewing websites have touted as a must play. Journey has simple controls and no dialogue, and only one objective, to make it to a mysterious and ever-present glowing mountain. Despite its simplicity, Journey is said to be as fun to play as it is beautiful. Journey is a short adventure but is sure to be fun to replay due to its interesting multiplayer feature. Multiplayer in Journey has you randomly cross paths with other real players. You can interact with each other and even complete the game with each other, but the experience is entirely anonymous and without any text or chat functions. Journey is a downloadable exclusive for only $14.99, but is unfortunately only available on Playstation 3. Check out the reviews.
Extra Wisdom: Will laments not having a Playstation 3 but vows to play Journey anyway. Will Interview Part 3
There are so many games to play over break. These are just a few of the gems that have just been released or are about to be released. There many different types of titles to choose to keep just about any type of gamer happy. Or if you’re like me, you’ll want to play all of them.
So get out outside and enjoy the sun this Spring Break! Just be sure to bring a TV, an extension cord, and a lot of snacks. That’s what Will and I will be doing.
*To get my maximal game on over Break I won’t be writing any blogs next week. I’ll be back bright and early to rant at you the week of the 18th! Have a great week!
The Purdue University Gaming Group is hosting it’s second gaming party of the semester tomorrow in Stewart Center. The event will take place in STEW 310 from noon until 11 p.m.
What will attract you to hang out with one of Purdue’s largest gaming groups other than 11 hours of multiplayer video game goodness?
- Consoles from every system provided for your free gaming pleasure
- PC play (but need to bring your own laptop or tower)
- The first PUGG event to host fighting games
- Video game tournaments that you can show off during
The tentative schedule of the tournaments is:
- 2:00PM Forza 4 Circuit Race (1v1 or 4player FFA)
- 4:30PM SoulCalibur 5 (1v1)
- 6:30PM MW3 Riot Shields/Throwing Knives (1v1)
- 8:30PM Halo Reach (2v2)
The PC games most likely to be played at the event are Team Fortress 2, Minecraft, and Diablo
Pop in for the event any time during the day for a great multiplayer experience with some great Purdue gamers.
The Purdue Music Gaming Club is rocking out and dancing up a sweat every Friday from 7-10 p.m. in the basement of Beering. I was lucky enough to hang out with them tonight. We played Rock Band 3 and Dance Dance Revolution (DDR). Well, more like I played Rock Band 3 with them and attempted to not to damage anyone or anything with my flailing on a DDR mat.
These guys and gals are super serious about their music games. By pooling very cheap club dues together they have been able to purchase around 3,500 DDR songs and around 800 Rock Band songs. I’m not sure if you could play through all those songs in a week if you forgot to sleep, bathe, eat, and drink.
The club occupied three rooms in the basement of Beering. One room was dedicated to Rock Band. Next door was dedicated to DDR. A final room was occupied by a Wii and rounds of Super Smash Bros. Brawl for those who needed a break from music games. Everyone flowed from one room to another as they saw fit.
“We should call it Purdue Music Gaming Club and Smash Brothers,” joked David, the club president.
Women and men were both out to play the games in equal numbers. The environment was one that would be fun for anyone, even those not particularly skilled in either game.
Players of all skill levels were having fun during my visit. Beginners can play either game at the same time as an expert. For example, I got to play with a guy (ironically his name was Guy) who danced in literal circles around me.
(It gets scary when you have to move both feet at the same time. ALSO: Listen for a recap of everything I just typed from David toward the end of the video)
Difficulties can be changed at any time on both games. I found out the hard way that they had both games set up so that beginners couldn’t fail. This made playing fun for those that are great as well as members just there purely for fun. This is great for a gamer like myself who would play Rock Band on expert every other week with my friends, but doesn’t know how to jump on arrows.
The greatest thing about my experience with the club was how nice and accepting everyone was. I showed up and starting taking pictures (after asking nicely) and they were super nice to me. Two individuals appeared that weren’t even members of the club and they were able to play games like everyone else and were treated like kings.
The Purdue Gaming Club is full of a bunch of great guys and a bunch of great girls. I suggest that anyone check out this great way to get your game on and make new friends.