Fighting Game Community has its opening event

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Two competitors showing good sportsmanship after the match. Photo credit: Skyler-Bailey Manapat.
Two competitors showing good sportsmanship after the match. Photo credit: Skyler-Bailey Manapat.

The Fighting Game Community, also known as the FGC, held its first tournament of the semester on Thursday. Everyone was invited — from individuals who have played professionally to newcomers who had never picked up a controller.

Photo credit: Skyler-Bailey Manapat.
Photo credit: Skyler-Bailey Manapat.

With more than 40 contestants in attendance, the event was full of people who wanted to test their skills against other players in a friendly competition.

“You’re going to lose at first, but don’t let that discourage you,” said Andrew Barnum, a junior studying communication and organizer of the event. “This is based off skill and practice.” 

Barnum has been playing competitively since 2016. 

About one hour before each event, the FGC holds what they call “friendlies.” This is the point of the event where anyone can pick up a controller and play for fun.

The FGC started at the beginning of last semester. It’s a rapidly growing community that loves to be with people, play games and improve individuals in gaming culture. It holds weekly tournaments in the community.The group plays all kinds of games, but fighting games are the most popular.

A group of players laughing during the friendlies matches. Photo credit: Skyler-Bailey Manapat.
A group of players laughing during the friendlies matches. Photo credit: Skyler-Bailey Manapat.

“I love coming here and meeting strangers with the same mindset and energy,” said Brian Palmer, a junior and first-time attendee. “The energy of coming to compete and do your best, because there are a lot of really good players, but most importantly, to have fun. This is a safe place.” 

Palmer has been playing fighting games since a young age, but he started playing competitively a month ago.

6 of the group leaders with one of their friends during the tournament. Photo credit: Skyler-Bailey Manapat.
6 of the group leaders with one of their friends during the tournament. Photo credit: Skyler-Bailey Manapat.

“Give it a shot and have some fun, it’s not committal, and it’s an easy place to fit in,” said Brigham Powelson, a sophomore studying public policy and administration, who is in charge of the community. “This community has a spirit of belonging. All visitors are welcome.”

He has been playing competitively since 2014.

The FGC meets every Thursday in room 117A in the Hyrum Manwaring Student Center from 7-10 p.m. The group also has a Facebook page and Discord channel for those interested in joining and participating in the activities.