RoboJackets has a long history of involving its members in events beyond their weekly meetings. These have manifested as General Meetings, where the club would invite professors to give talks on technical topics that may or not be directly related to robotics. In addition to these, RJ would often host socials, in which members could just hang out without necessarily working on their robots.
In February, RoboJackets hosted another social, but this time at a unique location on Georgia Tech’s campus: retroTECH. According to retroTECH’s page on the library site, “retroTECH invites the Georgia Tech campus community to create the future by exploring and preserving our technological pasts.” In short, retroTECH is a lab dedicated to archiving old technology and software.
RoboJackets students visited retroTECH to sample their collection of retro games as the main event on the social. Keene Brogan, the secretary that organized the event, heard about it from a friend who visited the space for classwork, and was impressed by the list of games they had available to play.
The students who participated in the social also made their own impact on the space, by making a suggestion of a piece of software to archive: Earthbound, a cult-classic Japanese role playing game. The space followed up on the suggestion, adding it to their collection.