Video Game Army’s First Tournament
Suffolk University has a huge variety of clubs for any students. The College Republicans and Democrats offer something for students who are very political; there is Seriously Bent, Suffolk University’s award winning improv comedy group; and there is so much more to offer any kind of hobby for students.For those who are huge video gamers, there is the Video Gamers Army.
The Video Gamers Army, or VGA as they are dubbed by members, meet every Tuesday and Thursday and they get together and play all kinds of video games. Last year, the club struggled with attendance and a lack of true leadership. Luckily for the e-board members, all of that has changed. Members are consistently showing up and there is always new faces. Being a longtime member, VGA President Jenn Capezzuto is more than happy about the club’s turnaround. “Working with our new program adviser, Alice, has been really helpful.” Jenn is also proud of how the new and returning members have become close friends. “It has improved, we have gotten more members and they all seem more like a family. The meetings are always energetic and a good time.”
Several new members have also been sharing the happiness. “VGA is my favorite club, I love the interaction with the people,” says Suffolk University freshman Monica Navarro, “I have never laughed so much in my life.” Suffolk sophomore Deanna Minasin says, “I wanted to get more involved than I was last year, and I love VGA.”
On October 11th, the VGA held their first tournament for the DC Comics fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us. “We haven’t done a traditional fighting game recently,” says Vice President Richard “Richie” Capezzuto, “So, we chose the most recent fighting game [Injustice: Gods Among Us] out there.” Injustice has classic comic book characters like Superman, Batman and villains like the Joker and Bane, battling it out in one on one matches. The game, created by Mortal Kombat creators Netherrealm Studios, has a very competitive edge that draws all kinds of gamers. Suffolk University student, Stefan Tassey says, “Fighting games in general are my thing, and I gravitate towards the competition with fighting games.” The tournament was also not just for only Suffolk students and members of the Video Gamers Army, but to anyone across the city of Boston were more than welcome to join.
The tournament was set up in the Donahue Cafe with several chairs surrounding the projector screen, where the game was being played on. Over the course of a few hours, several students and participants fought tooth and nail to win the prize of a forty dollar GameStop gift card. In the finals of the tournament, Suffolk VGA e-board member Greg Fernandes and participant Tyler “Harv” Harvey went one on one. In the end, Greg was the winner, making him the first Suffolk student to win a VGA tournament in quite some time.
The Video Gamers Army are always looking for new members and will welcome any old or new gamer.