THE IDEA BEHIND POINTBLANK.GG
With constant sales, an extremely fast-paced evolving gaming Industry, it is easy to find yourself with a massive backlog of games and unable to find a dedicated group to play your favorite “flavor of the month” games with. Gaming communities have struggled in recent years due to the industry's rapid progressions. More and more titles are being pumped out, endless DLCs, shitty unfinished early-access titles and trends, and of course, annual triple-A releases. In turn, this kills many or if not all environments for communities to build and survive in. Opportunities for regular and casual type players to find something more to participate in besides just following and watching their favorite streamers or Youtuber, is now much harder to come by. Most common gamers tend to regularly play games solo or in very small cliches for shorter periods of time as life-spans of games continually decrease.
While it has become exceptionally difficult to build an active participating gaming community, the goals of pointblank.gg aim to provide an environment for like-minded sociable PC gaming enthusiasts with a classic gaming community outlook while keeping up with fast-tracking gaming market and trends. To provide a hub for gamers who like to play the same kind of gaming genres and series, online and offline events with classic old school LAN parties, plus opportunities to group up and travel to events, and game nights. We also aim to provide a potentially brand-able platform for members to build and contribute towards, rather it be streaming, content creation, or even seek potential eSports ideals. We simply want to give all members, regular and casual gamers the ability to do something more with their valuable hobbies, time, and favorite games in an era of society and gaming where its easier than ever to be connected to things and other people but still feel entirely secluded and disconnected.
We are composed of friends and family who chill together on and off the Internet, based in the Detroit area. The group was created by friends who have been playing video games since growing up in the 90s and spending weekends in garages or basements playing Starcraft, Battlefield 1942, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty 2 and linking Xboxes together for 8 man Halo 2. Most members are in their mid to late twenties and share a passion for creating a sociable environment for people to link up and play like-minded games together. Being mostly First Person Shooter, and Real-Time Strategy game focused, the group shares a current and past competitive heritage and a love for adrenaline, action and eSports roots. Granted, most of us forget that we are filthy casuals with 9-5 jobs now. We share many hobbies that stem outside of just PC gaming realm which include, tabletop activities, beer drinking, traveling, playing airsoft, being outdoors, sports and car enthusiasts, musicians and avid concert goers, among other miscellaneous hobbies and activities.
Many of us share a love for a wide range of classic and retro gaming systems. We typically like to revisit at the LAN events we host and attend. As for more modern games, many of us are riding out the current Battle Royale saturation with Rocket League, Killing Floor, Battlefield titles, Company of Heroes, Starcraft, Escape From Tarkov, CIV 5-6, Overwatch, CS:GO, as well as other misc titles and systems. The Nintendo Switch is currently a popular option among members.
HOW TO JOIN, WHAT TO EXPECT
We are looking to expand by adding enthusiastic, outgoing like-minded individuals to our group that thoroughly enjoy gaming, and being involved with what we do as a group. Obviously playing what we play, and participation is essential. We suggest anyone interested to hop on Discord, introduce yourself and run some games when you see people online. We usually have people online nearly every night playing whatever or simply just hanging out. We are accepting of locally based members and all throughout the world alike. We aim to provide an environment and opportunities where most people can feel welcomed and involved.
What to expect? Occasional LAN events, game nights, and opportunities to travel to events as a group. We hosted our first public LAN last summer with 15+ people and plan to continue to host events a couple times a year for anyone interested to attend. As we expand, we are traveling more and more to various LAN and gaming events through out the Mid-west, and eventually all of North America and abroad.
We look forward to meeting you!
Michigan Gamer Groups
We understand that not everybody likes the same style of game and not everybody always gets along or vibes well, which can be no fun. We'd like to give all members and fellow local friends an opportunity to stay social and find other gamers and people to run games with. In the big scheme of things, our goals are the same as any other gamer enthusiast group. We all serve as a social hub for locally (maybe even globally) gamers to find their spot to kick it and game.
To view all known Michigan Meetups, Groups, fellow online communities, college clubs and more, please check out the following r/michigangamers thread here.