Last weekend, the Boston Stack decided to try something new for a monthly event. With the opening of the Boston area’s first video game cafe, Co-Lead Hyperion organized a get-together for the Stack to get to know the managers, and to have a little gaming fun!
Right across the street from the Babcock Street Green Line stop, the Balance Patch Cafe has over 50 desktops with access to hundreds of single and multiplayer titles from Pacman to PUBG. The cafe also has two VR sets, a private game room for special events, two projectors broadcasting esports and gamer news, and (of course!) a fully-stocked kitchen complete with game-inspired menu names!
The Stack members arrived at different times, but by 8:30 the gang was ready to start playing some games! Starting with some Left 4 Dead as a warm-up, the Stack sped through two hours of multiplayer rounds of Overwatch, PUBG, and even a bit of silly Minecraft fun!
Even with the Stack patched into their Discord chat, it was impressive to see how many ways the team could be…ineffective. There were many Leroy Jenkins moments, not to mention some of the Stack members (most notably Stack Lead Tanner Hastings) had never played many of the titles before, and so the team suffered a severe case of noob syndrome. Still, even with the word DEFEAT spelled out more times than the Stack would care to count, the group had a ton of fun playing together for the first time!
With the paid for game time running low, the Stack decided to save their extra hour or so for next time, and headed next door to a local pub for a drink. Everyone agreed that Hyperion’s suggestion was a great place to meet; the Balance Patch Cafe has great food, it’s easy for most members to reach, and offers more games than the Stack could ever play through! The plan is to make a Balance Patch meetup a regular monthly event for the Stack–even after just one week, Hyperion has already placed a date for February’s event!
Tanner Hastings is a recent graduate from Providence College. After graduation, Tanner landed an internship with a leadership program staffed by officers from the US Special Forces. Through his work with these veterans, Tanner gained a heightened respect for the military, and sensitivity for those who sacrifice to protect their homeland.
As an aspiring writer and lifelong gamer, Tanner contributes to charities like Stack-Up by composing articles about new releases, press conferences, and ways to help veterans through the power of video games.