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    Student Activites Board Hosts Video Game Tournament

    Six projectors flanked the room displaying a myriad of games as students pounded controllers and fake guitars during the video game tournament hosted by the Student Activities Board on Sept. 24th.

    There were a total of 13 consoles scattered around Ballroom A of the Student Activities Center, including Wiis, Xbox 360s, and PS3s, running a variety of games such as Rock Band, Guitar Hero III, Madden ’08 and ’09, Wii Sports and Wii Play, Need for Speed (Carbon and Most Wanted), and Resistance: Fall of Man.

    Although some of the games were inherently competitive by nature, the night overall had no feeling of opposition — despite the word “tournament,” no official score was kept.

    Six of the consoles were set up with projectors along the inside wall of Ballroom A, and six were attached to screens hung on a rack over cushioned chairs. The remaining console was running Rock Band on a large LCD TV at the back of the room. Students lined up behind the players to wait for their turn.

    The Student Activities Board provided over 30 pizza pies and refreshments to all students in attendance.

    Anthony Curry, the chairman of the Student Activities Board, coordinated the event “for students to have fun and come out of their rooms,” he said.

    Although video game tournaments conjure up some stereotypes, the crowd was ethnically diverse and female students could also be seen among the participants.

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