Eat, Sleep, Game

Today let’s take a look the place where I eat, sleep, and most importantly, play video games. I live in Nash Hall 719 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Nash Hall is a regular sized building on the North part of campus, and I live on the very top floor. My room is just like any other room in the building, hardwood floors, two beds, two desks. However, today I’d like to cover the important aspects of my room in terms of video games.

First, I’ll cover the room’s layout. The TV and video game consoles are in a central location of the room, which is nice. My desk is to the left of the TV and Mako’s desk is to the right of the TV, and a laptop may be used on Mako’s desk. Because of this layout we can have up to 6 people playing games at the same time, in the same location.

Here is a picture of my roommate Mako and our friend Yuto playing Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Additionally, here is an image of Mako demonstrating the potential gaming use of his desk.

This layout promotes optimal socialization. Despite using the optimal configuration available for our room, the room faces many issues in terms of layout. Because the room is so small, it is hard for people to get comfortable. This problem is amplified by the fact that we only have 3 real chairs, and everyone else has to sit on the ground, or on a bed. If the room was slightly larger, we would be able to move the setup slightly to accommodate more people more comfortably. Because we did the best we could in terms of layout with the space we had, I’ll give the rooms layout an 8/10, because it can still be improved slightly, but only within reason, due to the small size of the room. If you desire more information about the layout of my room, you can visit my blog to see a map and video tour of my room, including in depth commentary on my room.

Next, we’ll look at the most important part of the video game experience, content. The TV is pretty large, and is high quality, allowing for a great console gaming experience. For Wii we have about 10 Gamecube games available, but that is okay because we can get any other Gamecube game readily. One of the games we play most often is Super Smash Bros. Melee, which was released on December 3rd, 2001. Despite its old age, Super Smash Bros. Melee is a classic to this day, and is the highest selling game on the Nintendo Gamecube.

Here is a picture of my desk setup, which is to the left of our TV setup.

In addition to being one of the best Gamecube games in my opinion, Super Smash Bros. Melee also has an amazing soundtrack, and can be listened to here. Despite the large quantity of Gamecube games, we have no Wii games. For Gamecube we have 4 controllers, which allows the max amount of 4 people to play at a time. For PS4 we have only 6 games and 2 controllers. This severely limits the amount of people who can play and the content that can be played. For this reason the PS4 is mostly used by a single player when there are not many people in the room. My PC is a gaming paradise, with over 100 Steam games to choose from, and many other gaming options, the possibilities are nearly endless. Additionally, I have a dual monitor setup, which allows me to play games while doing other things, such as watching Youtube or browsing Reddit. My computer is a powerhouse, and is able to run just about any modern game at high graphics. With all of these ideas considered, I’d give my room a 10/10 for single player gaming, and a 9/10 for multiplayer gaming.

With all of that being said, I would argue that it doesn’t matter if your room is optimally set up for playing video games, because at the end of the day, it’s about the memories that you make with friends while playing games. Before I moved in to my dorm, I didn’t know my roommate, but we both had an interest in video games. Some of the best memories I have made in college so far have been playing games with my roommate and friends, and that’s saying a lot when there is so much to do on campus and in the neighboring community. Sometimes you just have to go back to basics and play a good game with your friends. I would recommend that everyone find something in common with their roommate and use that to bond and become better friends, like I did with my roommate.