By Emily Dalrymple
Gaming for Hope will take place on April 4 in the James J. McCann Recreational Center. Students, Poughkeepsie residents, and all others are invited to play games from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Those under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free and donations are welcome.
This year, donations and any money earned will go to Child’s Play. “Child’s Play is a charity run by Penny Arcade, and donates video games and gaming materials to sick children in hospitals across the country,” said Joseph Donohue, Computer Society president. “This gives them some much needed distraction from the everyday rigors they face.”
Participants can play games on systems such as PS3, XBOX 360, Wii, and any other student donated systems. If someone doesn’t want to play video games, there are also a series of board games available. If a participant brings their computer along, they can enter a computer tournament.
Jake Rotunno, a Marist senior, has frequently attended the event in past years. “Everybody brings their video game systems, TVs and computers to the gym and we all play video games for 12 hours straight,” said Rotunno. “We also buy raffle tickets for prizes like computer monitors and XBOXes.”
Donohue said that the raffle prizes will be an XBOX 360, a 32 GB iPod Touch, and a 23″ Samsung Monitors. Participants are encouraged to buy raffle tickets because all of the proceeds will also go to Child’s Play.
Turnouts are usually quite high for the event. “Usually it’s about 500 people,” said Rotunno. “Lots of people show up every year, from local colleges like Vassar and also Marist Alumni that are in the area.”
“A ton of people show up from off campus. It’s an extremely community oriented event with local sponsors,” said Donohue. This year’s sponsors include Dragon’s Den, Digsby, and Bawls Guarana Drinks.
Definite games to be played this year include: Halo 3, Madden Football, Gears of War 2, Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Soul Calibur 3, Rock Band, and Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Gaming tournaments are often set up at the event and the big winners of the day will receive prizes.
The Computer Society is hoping for an even larger turnout this year. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own equipment to allow for even more fun and positive interaction.
“There is almost always something for people to do, to jump in on a casual Smash Brothers Brawl match or play old school games on the NES like Contra and Ninja Turtles,” said Rotunno.