Ivy League students are about to
convert their schools’ hallowed halls into barracks and bunkers and engage
in open hostilities against one another—in cyberspace.
Starting next Monday, GoCross-Campus, an on-line social gaming
platform built by a few Yale and Columbia
students, will launch the GXC
Ivy League Championship, which pits
the eight schools against one another
for domination across the Northeast.
The game will closely resemble
the Harvard “Risk” game sponsored
by the College Events Board (CEB)
last spring. And Harvard students are
likely to be active participants this time
around too, according to Benjamin S.
Decker ’08, the president of the Harvard
Interactive Media Group, an umbrella organization that oversees the
group responsible for managing the
Harvard side of the tournament.
“We’ve had a late start marketing,
but given the overwhelming popularity last year, we’re very confident it’ll be
successful and popular,” Decker said. Estimating of the number of Harvard
students that would participate,
Decker said, “We’re shooting for 2,000.
It’s definitely a possible number.”
He also added that he sees a lot of
excitement in people when promoting
the event in dining halls and elsewhere
“There are two types of reactions,” he said. “One is, ‘I’m really excited, you rock!’ The other is, ‘I can’t believe you’re
doing this. I’m going to fail my midterms
because of you.’”
According to the GoCrossCampus
press release, several prominent campus government organizations have
helped publicize the game. But neither
Harvard’s Undergraduate Council nor
the CEB is offi cially involved this time
CEB President S. Adam Goldenberg
’08 said organizing the tournament reaches beyond the board’s purview.
“It’s not really a Harvard event,” said
Goldenberg, who is also a Crimson editorial
columnist. “Our participation is
not vital to its success.”
But Goldenberg added, “I’m really
excited that [the Harvard Interactive Media Group is] taking the initiative.
This is right up their alley.”
Between 3,000 and 4,000 undergraduates,
House Masters, and tutors
participated in the CEB’s Risk tournament
earlier this year, Goldenberg said,
and the board plans to hold a similar
event next spring.
Meanwhile, in New Haven, the Elis
are revving up for next week.
“Students are eager,” said Yale junior
Matthew O. Brimer, the marketing
director and cofounder of GoCross-Campus. “Lots of marketing efforts
have been put in across the Ivy League
GoCrossCampus will also run small,
intramural tournaments at six other
colleges such as MIT, Brimer added.