IT'S FRIDAY NIGHT
Here's how to do a Video Game Night Right
Right at this very moment, my dorm is holding a Video Game night. Why then am I posting right now instead of playing? Because the internet can't stream enough data for a game of Starcraft II. So far, the only thing that's working right now is a local server for TF2 that we set up, and even that is working only very tenuously. This night has had it's share of problems. Here's some simple steps to help make your Video Game night more of a success.
Step #1: Secure your location
This one might seem like no big deal, but it is. You're going to want to find a large enough space early on so that you can have a good space to game. If you're going to be playing any console games, will the venue have TVs? Will there be enough chairs? Good tables? Along with those questions, you need to talk to the people who own the place early to get their permission. If this is just someone's basement, don't worry so much. But if you're going to be in a dorm like I am right now, you need to talk to some sort of administrative person.
Step #2: Advertize early, Advertize often
Your night isn't going to be a success without a lot of people. If it's just you and 2 other people, you might still have fun, but it won't be the same sort of experience as having 15 or 20 people in the room playing the same game. This means that you have to get the word out early - as soon as you have your location nailed down. Mention it to everyone you talk to. Put out fliers. Everything and anything that you can do to spread the word, do.
Step #3: Secure Equipment
This is perhaps the most overlooked and the most important step of them all. As I mentioned earlier, the internet connection that we've got right now isn't very good. In order for your night to be a success, you need to coordinate everything you need to make it work. If you're working with console games, you need TVs, controllers, and consoles. That means having the people contact you and telling you all they can bring. If everyone can spare to bring something, usually things end up working out. As with PC gaming nights, like the one I'm at now, there are two very important things that need to be there: power and internet. This means power strips. Lots of power strips. Also, you need to figure out how you're going to have everyone connect to the internet. Are you going to be able to connect via ethernet cords? Will you set up a router? A switch? Whatever happens, make sure that you have these things provided for.
Hopefully this will help to make your next night a great success! Good luck fellow gamers, and have fun.