Three large projectors were set up in the D.P. Culp University Center next to Starbucks as part of Buctainment’s Video Game Day on Tuesday.
All of the projectors were showing video games anyone could play.
I observed as a group of people playing what appeared to be the Super Smash Bros. video game.
They were completely absorbed in the game, trying to stay on the platform while attempting to accumulate as many points as possible by beating the other players — the other player’s characters, not the actual players themselves.
I don’t think ETSU would stand for such a thing.
I became absorbed, too.
Others sat around and enjoyed their lunch and coffee while casually cheering for a player.
I looked over at the second screen and it looked like another group of people were setting up for a song on Rock Band. I thought this was the time to get up and ask if I could play.
I did, and they let me join their group of a singer, a guitarist and I played the bass — on easy mode of course — and I was still missing almost every single note. I was not a benefactor to this group.
The guitarist played on a difficult setting and I was amazed at one point. Our vocalist,
Tiffany, was a very brave singer.
I wouldn’t have been able to do that. I’m embarrassed of my ability while I sing to myself, not to mention singing in front of people potentially watching in the D.P. Culp University Center.
She did very well though, and all three of us I feel had a lot of fun.
“I’ve had a lot of assignments and projects come up all really quickly,” Tiffany said. “I attended ETSU’s Video Game Day because I wanted to relieve some stress. There’s not a lot of stress you can have while playing video games.”
Unless you’re playing a “rage game,” I couldn’t agree more.
ETSU’s Video Game Day was a relaxing, casual experience.
A little break from the stress of all the projects and deadlines with something as fun as video games can really be a helpful thing for students and others to enjoy.