Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

New Grafton TAFE Course a Game-Changer

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

New Grafton TAFE Course a Game-Changer

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Byline: Lesley Apps Lesley.Apps@dailyexaminer.com.au

LAN Events

LOCAL Area Networking (LAN) events are organised by students and usually held once a semester. The event is overseen by North Coast TAFE. Kicking off on a Friday at 5pm it continues throughout the night finishing at 7am.

IT students and local gamers come together to compete with each other in the one space.

Anywhere from 35 to 50 gamers can turn up with about a split of 85% male 15% female.

The students keep a generous supply of energy drinks and snacks at hand to make it through the matrix marathon, a kind of social gathering for gamers, only most of the communication is done via computer screens.

"It's their (students') club, Tafe acts in a supportive, supervisory role," Mr Aubrey Thompson said.

"We are lucky to have a really diverse group of gamers who over the years have built strong friendships, people come from all walks of life to play games like Counterstrike, League of Legends and Call of Duty".

Check out the group's Facebook page 'Grafton Tafe LAN Party' to keep up to date with news and upcoming events.

THE newest course at the Grafton Tafe campus is set to be a game-changer.

For the first time ever students will be able to enrol in Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games which is basically the study of 'gaming'.

But before you roll your eyes and think 'the kids of today', there is method in what some may constitute as madness.

The gaming industry -- not the pokies, the computer one -- is a multi-billion dollar business and is only getting stronger thanks to the demand of such laptop pursuits such as killing zombies and stealing cars from the safety of bedrooms.

And Grafton has quite the population of gamers as evidence by the early birds congregated at the campus recently for one of their regular live gaming nights called a LAN event (see right). …

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