As many students bustle in and out the 2nd floor lobby of the C&D wings in South Village, a group of students stand out by playing their favorite video game– Smash Brothers.
“It’s a common meeting point for people, and it’s a social game,” transfer junior Tyler Martin says.
The Super Smash Brothers franchise is a fighting game series available on the Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, and Wii U platforms. Chronologically, the game titles are Smash 64, Melee, Brawl and Smash 4.
Basically, the player is trying to space him or herself from the opponent to avoid being hit. Players also try to bait out the opponent’s attacks for a chance to hit them back.
To this day, Smash Brothers is continuing to evolve, an evolution that leads to passionate people forming playgroups that become activity clubs.
In the C Wing of South Village and throughout campus, Smash fever runs wild among residents and resident assistants. Smash Brothers is truly a social game that brings people together.
Northrup says that he made friends in the C wing and on campus in general by playing the game. As a freshman, it also greatly helped him to socially transition to college.
He also became friends with the RAs, which surprised him due to the strict, professional nature of the typical relationship RA-resident relationship.
“It’s great that I can share something that I enjoy with the RAs to become friends with them and get to know them,” Northrup says.
One of the RAs that Northrup became friends with is fifth-year senior Greg Gillis. During his two years as an RA, he schedules “programs” which are social gatherings for residents to make new friends and hangout with people in their dorm. Smash Brothers has brought him and the other RAs and residents even closer together.
Morrison says that Smash Brothers has definitely helped him make new friends. Specifically, Ryan Lucas, who then introduced him to future treasurer Gillis.
“If it wasn’t for [Lucas], everything wouldn’t have happened,” Bryce Morrison, the club’s president says. “I probably would’ve been still in my room.”
While at one of the Smash programs last semester, Morrison suggested to Gillis that an official Smash Club needed to be formed.
The purpose of the club which is addressed in Article 1, Section 2 of its Constitution, is to provide an environment that inspires sportsmanship, social interaction, and companionship through the club’s activities.
In addition to the constitution, a petition was circulated for on-campus Smash players to sign. The petition needed at least 25 signatures to be considered. Morrison managed to get those necessary signatures from members of AniMU and the Science Club, alongside RA sponsored program attendees.
“Everywhere I went, they were ready to go,” Morrison says of people’s enthusiastic support.
By the time he went to present the constitution and petition to Student Senate, the members were shocked and amazed at the passionate response from the Millersville Smash community.
The petition would eventually be reviewed and approved due to their consenting support for his cause. The process of being awarded “temporary status” took five months.
Despite the club’s current temporary status, the group sees big things for it going forward. After a year, the club will be able to apply to become a permanent club here at Millersville. Vice President Mark Schaefer believes that the strong following will allow the club to grow.
“It’s awesome because there’s so many people getting involved,” Lucas said.
The club’s first meeting will occur on Friday, February 26 at the Great Room in South Village from 6 to 10 PM. A permanent location is yet to be determined. The club is an even mix of competitive players and people who play for fun.
They want the club to be very accessible to all students at Millersville. New, inexperienced players who just want to have fun with friends are always welcomed.
“Even if you’re not into it, you’ll go because your friends are there,” Christman says.
Smash Brothers is something that many people have in common, and it brings them together. Even if they don’t have many other things in common, the students of Millersville can all have at least one.