Intrigue and Deadly Rain

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Our year-long adventure in pairing video games with board games paid off in January–as it took Death Stranding over 30 minute to load! Thank goodness we had Pandemic on hand to play (and I’m happy to report that we cured the diseases and saved humanity).

For February, we’re going to continue playing Death Stranding (now that we’ve made it past the opening credits) and our board game for the month will be the quick card game Coup. If you’ve never played, it’s a game of bluffing and strategy as you try to outmaneuver everyone else to win the game.

Our February meeting will be Friday, Feb. 28th from 5:00-7:00pm in room 10302 of the English Department (10th floor, 5057 Woodward). As always we welcome all members of the Wayne State Community with an interest in games and gaming to come join us–all experience levels welcome!

And at our February meeting, we’ll be discussing the possible re-branding of the Video Game SIG into the Wayne State Gaming Group–a group interested in playing all sorts of video games and board games on a monthly basis. So, if you have an opinion, we hope you’ll stop by and weigh in.



What Happens Next?

In 2020, the Video Game Scholarly Interest Group will continue meeting on Fridays and we’ll continue pairing video games and tabletop games each month.

Come join us in January, on Friday the 31st from 5-7pm in room 10302 of the English Department (10th floor of 5057 Woodward).  We’ll just be trying to survive–either preventing the apocalypse or trying to save humanity after it as we pair the new game Death Stranding with the cooperative tabletop game Pandemic.

All members of the Wayne State community are welcome to join us–even if you’ve never played before–come out and play and discuss video games in an informal setting.

Hope to see you there!

Stars and Dragons!

Our November meeting will be Friday, Nov. 22nd from 5:00 to 7:00pm in room 10407 of the English Department (10th floor of 5057 Woodward).

This month, in anticipation of the release of The Rise of Skywalker in December, we’re playing and discussing Lego Star Wars and Kinect Star Wars, so get your lightsabers ready!

For our tabletop game, we’re departing from the Star Wars theme and playing Clank, a dungeon crawling deck building game where we’ll be stealing loot from a dragon.

As always, meetings are open to all members of the Wayne State community. No prior gaming experience is necessary.

Horror Games

The Video Game Scholarly Interest Group is meeting on Friday, Oct. 18th from 5:00-7:00pm in room 10302 of the English Department (the room next to the 10th floor lounge), located at 5057 Woodward.

This month we’re talking about horror games and the difficult choices they force us to make. We’ll be playing Until Dawn (Supermassive Games, 2015) and the tabletop game Horrified (Ravensburger, 2019).

Our members include casual gamers, experts, and newbies, and as always, all members of the Wayne State community are welcome to join us as we play and discuss games–all you need is an interest in video games and gaming culture.

September Meeting

Welcome back to another year for the Video Game SIG!

Our first meeting of the semester will be on Friday, September 27th from 5:30-7:30pm in room 10407 of the English Department (10th floor of 5057 Woodward).

For the Fall semester, we’re going to be pairing video games with tabletop games so we can talk about the similarities and differences between gaming experiences. For September, we’re pairing Bioshock Infinite with Ticket to Ride to talk about nostalgia and aesthetics.

Hope to see you there!

Fall Meetings

Hello and Welcome back to another year of the Wayne State Video Game Scholarly Interest Group!

This semester we’ll be changing our format just a bit. Instead of having monthly themes, we will be having drop-in gaming sessions once a month. We’ll still talk about the games and gaming culture, but we’ll do it in a far less-structured way.

Our meetings will be in room 10407 of 5057 Woodward (Maccabees Building) from 5:00-7:00pm on the following Fridays:

  • Friday, Sept. 27th
  • Friday, Oct. 18th
  • Friday, Nov. 22nd

We hope you’ll stop by!

May Meeting

Our final meeting of the 2018-2019 school year will be on Friday, May 24th from 5:00-7:00pm.

We hope you’ll join us as we play and discuss games and make plans for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.

Have some games you think we should play/talk about? Have a gaming topic you’d like to discuss? This is the time to come and tell us about it!

Hope to see you there!

April Meeting

Our April meeting will be Friday, April 26th from 5-7pm.  Our topic for the month is puzzle games.  We’ll be discussing and playing some of the following:

  • Portal
  • Portal 2
  • Antechamber
  • The Swapper
  • Zenge
  • Klocki
  • Art of Gravity
  • Hook
  • PUSH

Hope to see you there!

Let’s do that again!

We had so much fun at the Tech Bunker playing VR games that we’re going to do it again.

Join us on Friday, March 29th from 5-7pm at the UGL (2nd floor) as we play a variety of VR games.

You can either meet us at State Hall 326 at 5pm and walk over to the Tech Bunker or you can meet us there (go to the back of the 2nd floor towards the south wall).