David Parisi, Senior, Electrical Engineering
Athens, OH 27 February 2012 – Video games and engineering seem to go hand in hand, however the engineering workload can be very time consuming. Last week I had three midterms and the week before I had another one. All of the studying can take away from playing time intensive video games such as Skyrim. I was forced to set down my controller and take some time to study. It was worth it because I have done well on the ones that I’ve gotten back. I have rewarded myself already with a few hours of Skyrim and almost making it to level 70.
Even though engineering can be a difficult major, many of the engineers that I know make time to play a good amount of video games, ranging from first person shooters (Call of Duty and Battlefield 3) to MMORPGs. First person shooters usually win out because they do not take as much time to play as other video games do. I have always been more of a fan of any kind of RPG and still do my best to keep playing them in the few weeks of school that have a lighter workload. Being an engineer doesn’t mean that you have to stop playing video games, you just need to improve your time management skills.
Wish me luck on hitting the level cap.
Senior, Computer Science
Athens, OH 23 January 2012 – My group of friends and I have found an incredibly awesome and nerdy way to spend our weekends (and our money)–board games. And no, I’m not talking about Monopoly or Sorry. We play serious board games–ones that come with over 700 pieces and 42 page full-color rulebooks. These are games that take 5 or 6 hours to play (and even longer to set up and clean up, it feels like). These nerdy games are happily becoming more mainstream – I think many people have heard of Settlers of Catan, which is a really nice introduction to nerdy boardgaming.
Our most recent favorite is Dominion. It’s a deck building game with about a billion expansions and permutations, so every game is completely different. Our most epic game is Runewars. It’s SO EPIC. In this game you collect resources, recruit units (which are adorable little plastic figures), and fight each other with both those units and your heroes.
The group’s all-time favorite board game is Arkham Horror. Arkham Horror is SO AWESOME that it isn’t on our board game cabinet–that’s because we can’t play it our house because the board takes up so much room, so it’s currently living at our friend’s house. We meet every Friday night and play a few games while we drink and eat popcorn. Especially now, in the winter, game night is an awesome alternative to going out in the freezing cold! Just goes to show that there’s plenty to do in Athens, even if it’s pretty unconventional entertainment.