Penn State Video Game Club continues ‘traditional’ 24-hour gaming marathon in Westgate Building | Penn State, State College News

On Nov. 5 at 2 p.m., the Penn State Video Game Club kicked off its annual 24-hour gaming marathon, with proceeds going to the charity Extra Life. For $5, students attended the marathon held in the Westgate Building’s Cybertorium.

Extra Life is a program that focuses on livestreaming video games for hospital donations from the Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization that helps 170 children’s hospitals in the United States and Canada.

For 24 hours, the club streamed events and played games on Twitch, and live stream viewers donated money that goes directly to local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

Jordan Ritchey, president of the Video Game Club, called the marathon “a THON for people who love video games instead of dancing.”

“The type of people who join our club wouldn’t usually go to something like THON. It allows them to find a place to do the same kind of stuff and raise money for charity, but in a way that’s comfortable for them. said Ritchey (senior computer scientist).






Penn State students gather to play Super Smash Brothers in the Westgate Building for the VGC 24-Hour Gaming Marathon on Saturday, November 5, 2022 in University Park, Pennsylvania.




The club is focused on providing a safe place for members, according to Ritchey.

“We’re trying to focus on casual games and allowing people who like to play video games of all kinds to be able to find a place to meet other people who like to do the same thing,” Ritchey said.

Ryan Dawson, the club secretary, joined the club during the pandemic through his Discord server, and he hasn’t looked back since.

“We have a really good sense of camaraderie in this group,” said Dawson (human-centered design and development). “That’s where I met a lot of my friends who I still talk to now.”

Dawson discussed the events the club has held this semester – particularly the marathon and called it a ‘legacy’.

“It’s our biggest event of the year. We do a lot of different things, and it’s just a good time to talk to everyone and raise money for a good cause,” Dawson said.

A Mario Kart tournament, a controller tournament, and a Survivor-inspired game were some of the events that took place during the marathon.

For the Mario Kart Tournament, two people played together, but each person only held one side of a controller.

Like the TV show Survivor, the club asked contestants to play games and vote after the matches had finished.







PSU VGC Marathon

Penn State students gather to play Super Smash Brothers in the Westgate Building for the VGC 24-Hour Gaming Marathon on Saturday, November 5, 2022 in University Park, Pennsylvania.




These were just two of the matches that took place during the 24-hour marathon, and surprise matches from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. kept the members on their feet.

Many other members, like Dawson, said they consider the marathon an important tradition for the club. Vice President James Gans said it was a “good cause for all”.

“Since I’ve been here it’s been a tradition, and since we’ve been able to do it again in person, it’s been a really fun event,” said Gans (junior-cybersecurity analytics and operations).

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