21
Oct
10

Super Smashing with Jeffrey Lue

Jeff (far right) and myself (center) playing with some new friends. Photo credit: Jimi Gipple

There are few games that define the ultimate dorm room gaming experience. Super Smash Bros. is one of them.

Jeff is a senior business major who began playing Smash his freshman year while living in Ellicott hall as part of the Gemstone program. While sitting on the sundial the other night, he recalled the many hours wasted playing inside the dorms.

To make sure we weren’t “wasting” our time, we decided to haul a hefty TV onto the middle of the mall and let our inner gamers stir up some on-campus ruckus-rousing.

What started off as Jeff whooping my Yoshi tail with Samus turned into a memorable outdoor gaming event at the heart of UM.

We only stayed for an hour, but we played with a pair of salsa dancers, a member of the FreeThought club, and a runner preparing for his Marine marathon (not forgetting to bring two extra controllers was a miracle. Instead, my bucket head forgot to eat dinner).

After a consistent string of victories for Jeff, he was finally dethroned by the marathon runner, a resident of Garret Hall, who then decided it was good time to continue his nightly jog. Good thinking on his part, Jeff is about as nice at losing smash as Peach is at competitive tea-partying.

Throughout the session, we were greeted by dozens of spectators who took a few minutes to watch me lose every game. Although humiliating, everyone was excited seeing a bunch of strangers whoop up on Yoshi. Then again, who wouldn’t?

For those interested, we’ll be doing this again. If you have a game you’d love to play, shoot me an e-mail at jasdkramer@gmail.com

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