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I just got back from student orientation for the university I’ll be attending next month, (just realized this, what the heck?!) and it really helped me figure out roughly what I want my first semester and beyond to look like. I of course figured out the classes I’m taking, (plant biology, political science, modern western history, intro to journalism, and Japanese!) but we also learned about dorms, classes, our specific majors, etc. (I’m majoring in journalism!) Having a clearer picture of what college is going to be like has helped me to actually view it as a thing that will be happening soon, and while change is never easy and just a little scary, (plus I’m honestly not looking forward to plant bio, ugh) I’m still very excited to start this new chapter of my life!

But that’s enough of the boring college stuff. Let’s talk about how college will change the way I play video games!

First off, there’s the TV I play on. No longer will I have the luxury of playing on my parents’ 65” screen with surround sound and a comfortable couch. While I’m trying to contact my future roommate on any possible TV he’s bringing, (I literally sent the email between paragraphs) I also got a Best Buy gift card with a currently unknown amount on it. If I have to get my own TV, it’ll likely be pretty small and at 720p. It’s not glamorous, but as long as I have a way to play my games in some shape or form, that’s what I’m looking for. There are also four pretty high-quality TVs that you can hook gaming systems up to in the lounge, so that’s an option as well. I’ll also likely purchase (or ask for on my birthday) some wireless headphones, so I don’t disturb my roommate or anyone in the lounge.

Of course, my actual time playing video games will become much more limited. While I went to a challenging high school, I learned to only take college-level classes (called APs) in subjects I enjoyed, Now, every class I take is college-level, because, well, I’m in college. Add to that possibly having a job, writing for the campus newspaper, and being in any clubs or organizations, and it’s hard to imagine how much time I’ll actually have to play video games. But I’ve found that people find the time to do the things they love, so even if gaming largely becomes sneaking in a few minutes of a game on Switch in between classes or playing on the PS4 on Friday nights while “everyone” else is out partying, I’ll find a way. But pretty much everything else is going to come first.

Even if I don’t end up getting a job, I have enough of a backlog to last me at least a year, if not more because of the deceased time to actually play them. Even though I really want to get the new Spider-Man when it comes out, I’ll have to wait. The one game I know I’m getting, however, is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I had a blast playing Smash Bros. for Wii U with a bunch of other future students at orientation, and I know that Ultimate will be a hit on campus the day launches. I’m of course excited to play the game intrinsically, but I’m perhaps even more excited to make new friends through this game.

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So whether it be Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, or something else entirely, I predict that I’ll be playing a lot more multiplayer games than I have in the past. Heck, I might even pick up Super Mario Party if other people seem like they might enjoy it! “Jumping in on trends” is often considered a bad thing, and it’s true that you shouldn’t do something that you don’t enjoy just to please others. But it’s very possible that I might get into games that I might not otherwise if it helps me bond with those around me.

If you attended or are attending college, let me know how your experience with video games changed. I’d love to hear it!