CSUB hosts second Gamer Education Day

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Cal State Bakersfield’s Campus Gamers student organization surprised many gamers and non-gamers alike with their Second Annual Gamer Education Day.  The Gamer Education Day, or GED as many staff called it, was March 1 in the CSUB student recreational center.

It started at 6 p.m., but there was a pre-show costume contest that filled the room with contestants dressed up as many different characters.  The characters ranged from “Slender Man” to Juliet from “Lollipop Chainsaw.”  There was also a raffle with prizes like an Xbox 360 and gift bags.

When the event officially began, it started out with a discussion panel on the music of games.

The panel consisted of game composers Christopher Tin and Jack Wall.  Tin has composed songs like “Baba Yetu” from the game “Civilization IV.” Whereas, Wall has worked on music for “Mass Effect” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.”  Tin and Wall both discussed their favorite parts of making music and answered questions on the game industry.

Gamer Louis Murphy, 21, whose favorite game of choice is “Call of Duty” said, “I really liked hearing the music panel speak about music in games.  I make my own beats and I hope to make a sound track to a movie or game one day.”

Carlos Ferro was a favorite of everyone that attended GED, as he received an exciting applause walking on stage.  Ferro shouted his signature catchphrase “Sons of bitches!”

Ferro provided the voice of Dom Santiago in the “Gears of War” video games and Leonardo da Vinci in the “Assassin’s Creed” video games.

Devin Lawyer, 20, who stated she is more of a casual gamer and plays mostly Nintendo 64 games, commented on Ferro.

“I am excited to see Carlos Ferro this evening and hear what he has to say,” Lawyer said.

A student staff member Brock Williams, 19, also said he was looking forward hearing Ferro speak. “I want to hear what the speakers have to say but I’m definitely excited to see Carlos Ferro,” Williams said.

Ferro gave an energetic and exciting speech about his work as Dom and working with a fellow voice actor John DiMaggio.

There were also musical performances by the Bakersfield Video Game Choir.  The choir performed the main theme from Tetris and a few other songs.

“We hoped the event would educate everyone about games and the gaming industry,” Williams said when asked what CSUB campus gamers association hoped for.

The event concluded with prize giveaways and a thank you from CSUB campus gamers founder Edward Webb.

Gamers and non-gamers alike would have enjoyed the event and should attend next year.

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