School’s barely been back a month but Humber Ignite’s game room — the college’s oasis from academics — is among the busiest of places, packed with gamers and pool sharks.
Many of the gamers there on North campus are regulars.
Third-year Business student Brian Agas, 20, uses the game room as his “happy place.”
“I’ve been going to the game room every year. It isn’t a daily thing, but whenever I’m free from my work or if I have a big break in between my classes I come by and play some NBA 2K,” Agas said. “It’s really cool because it’s a friendly area, and you can tell everyone uses it as a break from classes.”
He attends the game room the most when he’s at school for nearly 12 hours while studying for exams.
“What other school lets you play a quick game of NBA 2K when you want to take a break from studying from exams?” Agas asked.
The game room, across the stairway on the first floor of the Student Centre cafeteria, houses a wide range of titles, including Super Smash Bros, NHL, NBA 2K, and many others. There are also four pool tables.
Jason Gool, 20, Ignite vice president of Student Life at North, is a strong believer in the value of the game room.
“It’s a service that Ignite provides entertainment for student’s while they’re waiting for class or when they finish class,” Gool said. “It’s a fun environment where students can meet people, and play video games and pool.”
Ramon Rey, 20, a student in business administration at the University of Guelph-Humber, is a daily game-room attendee.
“I’m in the third-year in the program so my workload got a lot heavier than it was before,” he said. “So most of my day is spent in the Humber library with a daily break to the pool tables in the game room.”
Rey thinks he played nearly four games of pool every week last semester.
“I know as my school year goes on, my stress level from the all the work will get higher and higher,” Rey said. “It’s a huge stress (reliever) knowing that I can take a break from studying to beat some people in a quick game of pool”.
The Humber Ignite game room is currently under-construction, although it’s still open five days a week. Humber community is open to play XBox, Pool, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.