30 Jun The Power of a Community
Finding like minded people is one of the most rewarding things you can do, it provides networking, friends and sometimes opportunities arise from them. I’v been apart of and ran my own and want to explain how powerful one can be if you invest enough time.
MINjas – 2012
A student organization at Northern Kentucky University I took over specifically for my major with aspirations of content creation and just trying to figure out what exactly a community can do but more importantly what sort of good can you do in the world with a group of people who agree. I started a charity event that has since been held every year playing games in Griffin Hall (Technology building) for 24 hours. We had entry fees, tournaments and raffle prizes from various companies wanting to participate. Most people talk about how great it was to play games with their friends on campus on a 20ft screen in the Digitorium but because of the 300+ people who attended we raised just over $2,000 to the Childs Play Charity organization. Since my first two events the group went on to benefit the Aubrey Rose Foundation, Able Gamers and Extra Life.
I’v been the Chairman for the International Game Developers Association Cincinnati chapter for the past 5 years. I’v seen students come in wide eye’s wanting to learn more about what it really takes to make games. All while being surrounded by experienced members willing to guide them along, just to find out the student has an internship through a mutual connection in the group by the end of the year. Members who come in with a great idea and willingness to execute just so see themselves starting a studio with fellow members\friends\colleges in the next few months.