Did you notice the newly opened gameroom in Tate Student Center? Students returning to campus meet in a new area which is close to the cafeteria and on the opposite side of the Tate theatre. It is free for all UGA students, and it has three standing game units as well as four separate two-player consoles. There are more than 200 games on each standing game unit and the game consoles are changed daily. Students are welcomed to go there from 9am to 10:30pm Monday to Friday and noon to 10:30 pm on weekends. It does, however, close during holidays and breaks. The gameroom first opened in Tate Student Center in 1983. In 2008, it was closed due to a refurbishment of Tate. It has now been re-opened because of increasing interest in gaming.
When I walked into Tate this semester, I didn’t notice anything new except for a crowd of students clustered together in a small room. After getting closer, I realized that it was a gameroom packed with brand new facilities. I could tell that some of the students just got off classes, with different backpacks piling up on the floor. To be honest, I felt worried for a moment. It was just the first week of school. How can students balance their study and game time for a whole semester? As we all know, the Tate Student Center is the most convenient place for students to stop by. It is adjacent to the busiest bus stop, the Tate Center, which covers almost all bus routes with thousands of students walking pass by every single day. Having a gameroom at Tate attracts more students into gaming, which may distract them from school work. We all know how addictive games can be. I did some research online in order to decide whether a university campus is in fact a good idea. Some critics say that a gameroom would release stress and motivate students to do better in class while others strongly disagree. Because of the short period of time, there is not enough data collected to conclude whether it is strictly good or bad. However, I do think that having a gameroom on campus is a neat idea.