March 2, 2017 is a day that will forever grace the halls of gaming history with a light so bright that no gamer worth their salt would be able to look away from. The midnight release of the Nintendo Switch, arguably one of Nintendo’s most revolutionary pieces of work, went off with a blast inside the Owasso GameStop Thursday evening. To be at ground zero during the launch extravaganza was a special opportunity for the Nintendo gaming community. There was pizza served from Papa John’s as well as Smash Bros. and Mario Kart tournaments until 11 p.m. with some of the most enthusiastic gamers in the community.
If you’re managing to snag a Nintendo Switch today, you’ve probably already got weekend plans with Link, Mario, Chun-Li, Inklings and more. But the cool thing about the Switch is you can take your gaming on the go, so check out these events while showing off your new gadget! We promise you’ll be the most popular person when you show up.
March Madness LAN Party
6 p.m. Friday, March 3 – 2 a.m. Saturday, March 4
Network Gaming Executives, 1801 E. 4th St. Okmulgee
This monthly LAN party has something for everyone. Tournaments include Ms. Pac Man, pinball, console games, Fluxx, mini golf and Magic. $5 entry gets you in and bring a canned good for prize entries. Learn more.
Jump back, Loretta! It’s Friday in Oklahoma and if you’re a gamer then you no doubt have a date with a favorite game this weekend. Whether you’re dreaming about the next Overwatch hero, drooling over the latest Mass Effect: Andromeda clips or locking in your pre-order of D&D Tales from the Yawning Portal, don’t miss your chance for a PUG with these events.
6 p.m. Friday, February 24 – 9 p.m. Saturday, February 25
Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave., Norman
OKgamers.com is looking to expand our coverage of the Oklahoma gaming scene to inspire, grow and capture memorable moments for the tabletop and video game communities throughout the state
What types of stories are we seeking?
- Events: We’re looking for people to cover the who, what, when, why and how of major game tournaments, conventions, LANs and other gatherings. We want to highlight these events to boost attendance and share the results and stories about local gamers’ achievements.
- Community Spotlights: Let’s get to know the people and places putting Oklahoma gaming on the map. We want stories about players, event organizers and more. How did they become the best, who are they and what are they doing now?
- Community History: We want to know about the groups that meet regularly, those who play together on a team or against each other in tournaments. How did they get started? Who are they? How can others join?
If you’re in an Oklahoma gaming community or would just love to attend more events and write about gaming in our great state, we want you! [Read more…]
Twitch.tv has recently released Communities – its new idea to help categorize and filter streams. In the video, I talk in detail about Twitch Communities and how the category can be used to help the Oklahoma gaming scene! I specifically mention the new OKLoL Twitch Community tag, but we also have a tab for gamers who don’t want to stream specifically League of Legends.
Jack “JackLovesLamp” Counts, 21, is a general management student in the business school at the University of Oklahoma. Born and raised a gamer, Jack started with children’s puzzle games like Freddy Fish and was basically taught to read by the Pokemon handheld games. He didn’t discriminate based on console, playing games on most every system (Xbox, Playstation, GameCube, Dreamcast), but his first PC gaming experience with Steam in high school got him more into PC gaming. He got involved with League of Legends earlier than most, entering the game in its alpha stage. [Read more…]
Nintendo and its affiliates have been killing it lately with mobile content like Pokémon GO and Mario Run, and adding on to the list is another strategic Pokémon spin-off game, Pokémon Duel. The game released this January in the US with little to no advertisement, taking the states by surprise. The goal of the game is to get your Pokémon to the opponent’s side of the board while defending them from doing the same thing, moving your 6 chosen Pokémon across the board like the Pokémon spin-off – Pokémon Conquest (shout out to the person who remembers that game.) Just like most other Pokémon games, you have to knock out your opponents Pokémon to meet your goal, which in Pokémon Duel happens by spinning discs that have the chance to use different attacks, dodge attacks, or even miss your attacks- much like the Pokémon Battling Coin game from the 90’s (anyone remember that one? ….anyone?) If like me, many of you play it and think “this seems like it should be an actual board game” well then you would be right, but about 10 years off. This game is actually almost identical to a physical game called the Pokémon Trading Figures Game that released in 2007 but didn’t do very well at all due to costs of the game and figurines and lack of support within the Pokémon organized Play program
I’m extremely biased towards both the Nintendo and Pokémon franchises, but I don’t think either of those biases are the reason I’m having a blast with this game. It’s a break from the regular search-and-catch game play with a more strategic approach that anyone could enjoy. An unfortunate downside of the game right now is the issue with connectivity it’s having, but that sort of thing seems to get ironed out once any newly released game is out for a while (must… stay… optimistic…) Once that gets a little better, I can see this very well polished game rise in popularity and continue to usher in the age of good mobile content that isn’t just a League of Legends mobile rip-off. Pokémon Duel is free to download and play now on Android and IOS so go try it for yourself!
-Nico ‘Calm Lava’ Villalobos
If you’re a tabletop gamer, it’s a great time to live in the Oklahoma City metro. No matter what part of the area you live in, from as far north as Guthrie to as far south as Norman, there’s now a friendly local game shop to meet your needs.
The latest store to enter the scene fills the gaming niche in Edmond. Storm Brew Games celebrated its grand opening Friday, Jan. 20 at its location on 610 South Kelly, Suite G.
Started by co-owners Storm Fisher and Clayton Brewer, the two wanted to offer a community for tabletop gamers of all stripes in an area that until now was lacking. [Read more…]
“Cricket? Nobody understands cricket! You gotta know what a crumpet is to understand cricket!” – Raphael, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1990
Much like the iconic quote from Raphael, Chad “Crickett” Crockett is an enigma to those outside of his inner circle. Born in Tulsa, Okla., and raised in Stillwater, Okla., measuring in at 5 feet 3 inches tall, Chad’s demeanor is quiet and contemplative, but not to be confused with meek. His personality is inviting and friendly, but stern enough to make him an effective admin of the Oklahoma League of Legends Facebook page, where he served from Fall 2013 – Summer 2016. As an early contributor to the growth and success of the OKLOL page, Chad fits the profile of those worthy to be featured as a Summoner Spotlight.
Chad, 26, started playing video games before he could even walk – who needs walking when you can have a controller in your hand? His older brother, Shane, cultivated his love of video games starting with the original Nintendo, and his console days continued until his pre-teen years. Chad and Shane saved up for their first computers early on, and since then, things have never been the same. [Read more…]
Every epic tale has its beginning; a story of overcoming adversity and conquering challenges, a young hero realizing their potential, and the tale of the Oklahoma League of Legends community is no different.
In the beginning, there was chaos. A free-for-all forum with no sense of direction. Negligent administrators. A deprived player base. This was what the 600-member “Oklahoma League of Legends Players” community had been given. In an effort to bring League to the local scene, OKgamers and Cody Willmon, LoL tournament coordinator for HxC Gaming Events at the time, announced a gaming event and the first League tournament in the state at a small college in Tulsa, Okla., called “Saturday Reboot.” It was this event that would spark a change, all with the help of Landon “Deadi” Carroll, who would later become the head administrator of the new dawn.Only a week before the event, planning was thrown in to chaos by the hosting venue backing out. With Landon fielding two teams from his personal community, United as [ONE] Gaming, he couldn’t let his community’s first live event fall flat. He contacted the organizer, Saif Khan, who, by a stroke of organizational genius, managed to arrange a new venue by raising funds through a Kickstarter-style fundraiser. With additional help from a sponsorship from Tokyo in Tulsa, the event went off without any major bumps in the road. [Read more…]