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Recreation for Students: The Game Room

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Welcome to the “Gaming Section,” where all news related to gaming is discussed and reviewed by yours truly of the Mass Media. In today’s issue, we will be informing you about the University of Massachusetts Boston’s hidden revelation: the Game Room.

If you have never heard that there is a Game Room at UMass Boston, well, now you know. Here are the directions: it is located on the Upper Level of the Campus Center, past the second set of stairs in the lobby and left towards the garage parking hallway.

The Game Room is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters. In order to enter the room, you must have a semester ticket on your school ID. Within the room there are five televisions, one for regular television viewing and the other four for gaming.

There are also five pool tables available; it is noted that each table requires $1.50 (all in quarters) to play one game. If you are low on quarters, there is a  machine near the the staff table that converts cash into quarters.

For each of the gaming TVs there is a console. These consoles are, in their respective order, an Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, and a Gamecube brought by the dedicated “gamer” community. If you want to play one of the the gaming TVs, Gamecube not included, first make sure they are not being used, then go to the staff for the appropriate controller and exchange your ID to rent one.

If a TV is being used and you see a game you enjoy being played, just go over and make new friends. The Gamecube does not require an ID to use, but it does belong to someone, so treat it with care. There are also controllers that can be used for free, but some do not function very well.

The top three games played so far in the Game Room are FiFA, Super Smash Brothers Melee, and Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U.

Also, if one wants to bring their own consoles and controllers to the Game Room for community use, all one has to do is rent one of the gaming TVs with their ID.

However, video games are not the only games that can be played here. There are multiple tables where a large variety of board games can be played with friends. These board games are located on a shelf near the staff table and they can be picked up and played without a need to ask.

Another social activity that anyone of the UMass Boston family can partake in are the many card games, and this is not just limited to playing cards either. People can play card games like Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic: the Gathering, and others.

One final word to say is that the Game Room has recently initiated a new policy that people must know before entering. Due to the recent mess related problems, food is no longer allowed in the Game Room, including snacks. If you are hungry, you must now eat outside of the room (sorry, folks!).

This concludes the first ever article of the Gaming Section. If you want to hear more about UMass Boston’s gaming events and news, keep your eye out for the next issue.

Till next time,

J.