GreatDay, on 05 January 2012 - 08:52 PM, said:
Personally I'm not much of a console gamer, but I don't follow this apprehension and overt caution. Surely it requires work and the onus is on those wishing to partake, but if it does indeed bring more members and not just more than a shallow wave of visitors then cost and accommodations should be well worth it. This isn't growth for the sake of growth as much as it is a logical and potentially rewarding next step if done carefully. Considering the space available at all but the two largest events, little sacrifice if any is required from the PC side of things if the PC crowd isn't utilizing consoles. This is besides the fact that one of the two largest lans, video game night, already utilizes consoles without greatly inconveniencing PC gamers. I can stand 'Du Hast' enough times to bolster the vitality and community of the club.
While console games and PC games use similar means to achieve a similar goal (i.e., interactive entertainment), they cater to drastically different demographics and communities. Adding consoles to the club would not bolster the vitality of the LK community so much as it would active change it. Yes, the club would arguably become more active, but the atmosphere would be completely different.
Room reservations are not that easy to obtain, especially not on the scale we usually require. Let me provide an example: for this semester, the previous officers were able to reserve rooms for four LANs. Despite the fact that all of them were reserved for 80-person events, only one of them can feasibly hold 80 people for an event. The remaining 3 rooms can hold somewhere between 30 and 40 people with their computers. The current staff is looking into reserving rooms outside the Student Union to raise the number of events, but at this point we can't say whether or not that will happen. I don't want to think about the headaches that would be involved if we had to reserve rooms not only for PC events, but for console events as well; plus, any rooms that are reserved would have to be able to accommodate a fair amount of both PC and console gamers. The only other option would be to evenly split the small LANs between console and PC events, at which point the PC members are
making a sacrifice for the console members.
TerranUp16, on 05 January 2012 - 09:31 PM, said:
We could make the very accurate argument that our equipment, structure, and set-up is targeted at PC, thus SGA's resources would not be wasted in supporting a console club that dealt with the other half of the equation.
This is the preferred route. I would not mind the formation of a separate console gaming club, and if that club required our assistance in explaining to SGA how our two clubs differed, I would be more than happy to assist.