Have a ball at Friday Game Nights

Jayson Smith


COURTESY OF JOSEPH MELENDEZ   The stresses of college can sometimes be overwhelming, but game nights allow students time to relax and unwind.


The stresses of college can sometimes be overwhelming, but game nights allow students time to relax and unwind.

Game Night is back for its second year. It provides a fun way for students to destress and get involved on campus. This Friday night series has a nice selection of gaming systems for everyone to play, with a wide variety of games to choose from, including Dragonball Xenoverse,  Diablo for the PlayStation 4, Zelda’s Adventure, and Donkey Kong for the Nintendo Entertainment System. 

Whether you would like to look into the future of gaming, or you want to take a trip back in time, the night has something for everyone to enjoy. “It’s a way to escape the stress from school and everything  you might have for just at least three hours,” first-year Mark Ramos said.  

Matthew Enriquez, a second-year who attended last year’s events, loved using the Oculus Rift, one of the best-released virtual reality systems this year. “It’s such a unique experience,” he said. “It’s hard to describe it with words because it really feels like you are there. You can talk to so many strangers and just have a good time.”

When you walk into the room, you are automatically greeted by the students put in charge of handling the systems. It can seem a little awkward at first, but once all the games are up and running, that feeling disappears into the night. 

The classroom in Ball Hall is filled with genuine laughter, the sound of Spider-Man swinging through Manhattan and beating up the bad guys, the general talking and yelling of someone is using the Virtual Reality headset, and the noise Kirby makes when he inhales his enemies. It is a warm, welcoming environment and a nice place to simply hang out with friends and eat. No one pressures you to play the games, and everyone passes the controllers.

The returning students always try to give newcomers a chance to play, and with multiple controllers for almost every system they have, there is an opportunity to get in on the action. The night is a great way to show your competitive side as you battle your peers in multiplayer games, or to get some entertainment as you watch fellow  Poets grind their way through the levels in Super Mario Bros and dance to the popular theme song as it plays in the background. 

Students also enjoyed playing the classic fighting game, Street Fighter V. While they all admitted to never having played the game before they still laughed and enjoyed the entire experience, win or lose.

All systems are owned by the school and are loaned out for the night by the Interim Director of Residential  Life,  Joseph Melendez. They are always gauging what systems are most popular, and listen to the requests of the students who attend the nights or would like to in the future. The school will try to provide any system that is widely requested at future game nights. One recent request was for the Nintendo Switch, which will be at future game nights soon. 

Game Nights will be meeting every week this semester from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Living and Learning Center in Ball Hall, near Campus Safety and Stauffer Hall. It is available to all students — residents and commuters alike. The regulars always look forward to seeing new faces, and it is a great way to meet new people.