Volume 46 Issue No. 4 September 16, 2013 www.fsu.ca/interrobang/
Get in the game with Project Play
On September 22, J Gym and SCBuilding are going to become awhole lot more playful.London-based Project Play, nowin its second year, is a celebrationof all things fun –board games;video games and card games tocosplay and anime; building blocksand pretty much everything in between.Greg Picken, who co-founded Project Play with Mathew Hoy,described the event as two thingsin one. “On the front end, it’s agreat opportunity to check out newways to play … On the back end,the whole event is built as afundraiser. Every dollar that weraise through Project Play goes back into the community in theform of gaming bundles that aredonated to local organizations.”The first Project Play in 2012featured tabletop tournaments,video game demos, vendors and the Sony game truck. “We’re bringing back a lot of what peopleloved from last year,” Picken said,mentioning a
League of Legends
tournament, board game tables and a cosplay contest. “This year we’relooking to make the event bigger and better.”Something Picken is especiallyexcited about is that Mega Blokshas come on board as a supporter of Project Play for this year. “I was joking with the gal from MegaBloks that one of my dreams in lifewould be to have a swimming poolfull of blocks to play with. Shethought that sounded like a greatidea, so they have hooked us up[with 300 pounds of Bloks]. We’regoing to have a couple of differentareas where people can play withthe blocks.”When the boxes of Bloks weredelivered to Picken’s office atTech Alliance, people started play-ing right away. “No matter whatage you are, who doesn’t love building blocks?”There will also be a buildingcompetition complete with prizes.“We encourage people to designand create their best creations athome with Mega Bloks, Lego,Tinker Toys –whatever you can build –and bring [them to ProjectPlay],” Picken said. Entries mustfit in a 12x12” square on a table.Last year, Project Play took over the Oasis and Alumni Lounge inSC Building. This year, it willinclude J Gym. “We’ve got morespace to work with, which is reallygoing to let us spread out and bringin more stuff,” Picken said. “We’reinviting a lot more vendors and artists and crafters to be part of theevent.” The expanded shoppingarea will hold quilters, jewellers,vintage game sellers and more. No matter what you’re into,Picken promises Project Play will be a lot of fun. “Whether it’s stuff you’ve played before, it’s some-thing you love, or it’s somethingyou want to try out for the firsttime, or you might not even knowthat you’re gonna love it until youget there and check it out –we’vegot a variety of stuff, and I’m real-ly excited. It keeps growing.”Last year’s attendees keep com-ing forward to offer suggestionsand ideas. “[We hope] to keepgrowing and adding new stuff and ultimately, of course, supportingthe community. That’s what makesit really great,” Picken said.Last year, Project Play raised more than $5,000 to purchase gam-ing bundles, which included board games, video games, big-screenTVs, consoles, controllers and more. The bundles were donated toMerrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre, the Women’s RuralResource Centre of Strathroy and Area and Women’s CommunityHouse.“The one thing we learned lastyear from talking to the organiza-tions that we supported is they doso many great things in the com-munity on such a limited budgetthat oftentimes the last thing thatthey have money to put into isentertainment or gaming,” Pickensaid. “It really created a great gapfor us to fill.”This year, Project Play is sup- porting three different local organ-izations. “We settled on communi-ty centres as a bit of a theme thisyear. We have N’Amerind Friendship Centre, Glen CairnCommunity Resource Centre, and the Northwest London ResourceCentre, which are all doing greatthings to support different commu-nities in London. They are certain-ly appreciative that we can helpthem out and provide them withsome cool new gaming resources.”Check out Project Play onSeptember 22 in the StudentCentre and J Gym from 10 a.m. to5 p.m. Tickets for Project Play are$10 for adults and free for children10 and under. For more informa-tion about Project Play and thecharities it supports, or to purchasetickets head to projectplay.ca.
CREDIT: ERIKA FAUST
Project Play 2012 saw more than 400 attendees get their game on with videogames, board games, demonstrations, a cosplay competition and more.
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