Willamette Valley Gamers celebrate a decade of pixelated passion

EUGENE, Ore. - A group of gamers got together at the Springfield Hilton on Saturday to share in their common love of video games, while also competing for bragging rights.

Joshua Zientara is one of over two-dozen gamers that came out to support the Willamette Valley Gamers, a group of people that share a passion for pixels.

"We all get together and see each other in person instead of online, talking to each other through microphones and speakers," said Zientara.

The Willamette Valley Gamers have been going strong for a decade. To celebrate their 10th year, the group decided to throw a LAN party, or a get-together where players all connect to the same Local Area Network.

"Well, we are going to be playing Battlefield, 1942. It came out in 2002 and was really popular in 2004," said founder Justin St. Clair.

St. Clair said there are about 200 hundred Willamette Valley Gamers ranging from ages 7 to 61.