Dorm Gaming

We’ve read about the important social aspect of games and talked it about in class. There are online game communities, people get together to play and talk about games, etc. As such, it is not surprising that videogames are an important part of dorm life. Last year as a freshman, Super Smash was an important game for everyone to know how to play  and a lot of my male friends played Fifa. Super Smash time was an important study break for everyone. We would gather in a dorm room and losing players would pass of their remote to a waiting player. There were always two types of players: 1. The button mashers, who didn’t exactly know how to play, but eventually figured out a few moves and would otherwise just press a bunch of buttons (I was in this group) and 2. The people who actually knew what they were doing (i.e. the boys) Everyone in the room, not just the current players, was deeply involved in the game, suggesting moves to try and cheering for their favorite character (or person) often good-naturedly rooting for the demise of the reining champ.

Apparently, scenes like this have been common for many years, longer than I would have thought. I recently read an article about technology’s appearance in the dorms. Specifically it discussed a videogame tournament in South Quad in 1992, but before that, during 1980s was when videogames and other technology began to embed itself into dorm and student academic life. As the generation that grew up on videogames moved to college and into the dorms they brought their technology with them. One room in South Quad from 1991-1992 had “two telephones, an answering machine, four electric fans, two digital clocks, a shared sound system with CD-player and tape deck, a microwave oven, a refrigerator, a hibachi grill, two televisions, two VCRs, and 196 VHS videocassettes with a computer-printed alphabetic guide.” (It seems the roommates did not coordinate as to who would bring what…). In addition during this time personal computers were becoming more common. Here is the article:


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Craig Belpedio
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 11:58:42

    I can attest to that. My freshman year roommate and I bonded over Halo 3 after he had been watching me play for a week or so. We hadn’t spoken much before that, and Halo kinda brought us together. Now we’ve got a house with 3 other guys haha.


  2. Joyce Tseng
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 13:13:24

    I definitely played smash back in those years when you had more leisure time. Though it wasn’t just in dorms, but at apartments too. It’s funny to see whether people get extremely competitive towards games or very hands-off just for fun type.


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