Arcade Day brings classic games to campus

Arcade Day brings classic games to campus

October 14
19:43 2014

Paul Wedding / Staff Writer

The University Program Council brought classic arcade machines to campus on 11 a.m-1 p.m. Tuesday on the library mall.

UPC brought three arcade machines provided by Big D Party Rentals: Area 51: Site 4, Donkey Kong, and a “multicade” featuring Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug, and Space Invaders. However, Area 51: Site 4 was out of order.

Donkey Kong and Space Invaders are two of the highest-grossing arcade games of all time according to usgamer.net, and influenced many games made after them. Donkey Kong is the predecessor to Nintendo’s Mario, the most successful game franchise of all time.

“It’s just a fun thing to bring to students as a break from mid-terms,” UPC programs coordinator Emma Carnes said.

Many of these games were played by students when they were much younger, UPC programs coordinator Blake Pollard said. Students enjoy the nostalgia provided by these games they played as kids.

Computer science sophomore Pamela Chounlamountry saw this as a sign of how video games have evolved over the years.

“It’s a good way to experience how video games became this large medium of entertainment,” she said.

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