Killing time: Gamer style

By Mark Whited
Guest Writer

The break from classes is always a favorite part of most students’ days. It can be used to study, grab a bite to eat, go to the gym or do whatever else you need to do. For some students who are lucky enough to have a decent break between classes, they spend it playing video games in the PUB.

Photo courtesy of: Angela FriesAdam Neidig, Ryan Collins, and Brad Parker taking advantage of the game room in the PUB.

Photo courtesy of: Angela Fries
Adam Neidig, Ryan Collins, and Brad Parker taking advantage of the game room in the PUB.

Located in the basement of the Parsons Union Building (PUB), the gaming lounge has become a place for those looking to kill time while waiting for their next class, a place for recreation after classes and simply for gaming with friends. It also serves those who don’t have gaming systems in their dorm rooms.

“We usually get anywhere between 5 to 10 people from the hours of 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.,” said Charles Enck, a junior and worker in the Rec Room. “It’s mostly people who are waiting for their next class and they just come and play against their friends.”

Competition is always evident in the gaming lounge, as most students usually choose to play competitive Sports games and Multi-Player Shooting games. “A lot of students come in and ask for the new Halo and Call of Duty. A lot also ask for Madden and NBA,” said Enck.

The gaming lounge gets in new games at a very fast pace; especially the big ones. The highly-anticipated first-person shooters Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 were available to students almost a day or two after their respective US releases. This gives students an opportunity to try the year’s hottest games right as they hit the market – without having to pay $60 for it. With your Student I.D., you get the opportunity to play them for free.

To take advantage of what the PUB’s gaming lounge has to offer, all students have to have is a valid Student I.D. to sign-in with at the desk. From there, students have the option of any of the three major gaming consoles; Xbox 360, Playstation 3, or Wii. Students also have a choice of games to play and the amount of controllers you need. An added bonus is that you get to play on one of the three HDTV’s available, while enjoying comfortable seating.

So, next time you find yourself sitting around with nothing to do, head over to the gaming lounge in the PUB. It’s free, fun, and some competition is always on hand if you so seek it.

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