Games, Learning, and Society
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Vintage Game Club seeking members

American_fandango_by_smaggers Hey! Let's play a game together and discuss it as a group of friends. What do you say?

A couple of blogger pals - David Carlton of malvasia bianca and Dan Bruno of Cruise Elroy - and I are joining together to form an online club devoted to vintage games. We want to invite people to join us as we collectively make our way through a game, sharing our thoughts and observations with each other as we go.

The Vintage Game Club is for people who may have missed some of the classic titles gamers often refer to. It's also for people who might enjoy replaying an older game to see how it holds up after all these years. Anyone who loves playing and discussing games is welcome to join in.

We all have busy lives, so the club requires nothing but your interest to join. If you decide to start a game with us, but can't continue it - or if you post a comment but can't return to follow up, no big deal. The club is just a framework for bringing us together. Join in, drop out, come back...whatever. We're just here to have fun and broaden our knowledge and awareness of important games.

I should add this is basically an experiment. If we finish the first game and people enjoy the experience and wish to continue with another, then I'm sure we'll keep it going. But if we only do it once, that's fine too. We'll just see how it goes.

By the way, I chose the term "vintage" purposely because its primary definition - "Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal" strikes me as just the right way to describe the games we will play together. As far as I'm concerned a vintage game can be 20 years old or 5 years old. For our purposes, it doesn't really matter.

A few details:

  • When do we start? - 2 weeks from today. That should give everyone a chance to get their hands on a copy of the first game.
  • How will it work? - We'll set aside a month for discussion. We'll each play at our own pace and post our thoughts as we go along. Post daily, weekly, every once in awhile - whatever works for you. I will try to organize the comments so they flow in a way that reflects the unfolding of the game. I hope these comments will look more like a conversation and less like a series of disconnected posts.

So we need a game to play, right? Got you covered there because we're launching the Vintage Game Club with a bang. Our first game will be Grim Fandango, one of the greatest adventure games ever made, penned by one of the most gifted game writers, Tim Schafer. There's much more to say about Schafer and Grim Fandango, but I'll save it for our online discussion. In the meantime, grab a copy of the game and get ready for what I hope will be a fun and useful conversation. We'll get started on July 21.

To tantalize you, here's a trailer for Grim Fandango. If after watching it you don't want to play this game...well, you must be dead. ;-)