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SMU gets nation's most sophisticated video game lounge

Free arcade a courtesy of Game Stop

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The following is from the April 16, 2009, edition of WB 33 News.

April 16, 2009

By Aaron Smith
The 33 News

M Lounge opens at SMU on April 15, 2009
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The Guildhall at SMU
Game Stop

The nation's largest and most sophisticated video game lounge opened on the campus of SMU Wednesday. Administrators are encouraging students to take time out to play games. (See video of news report video icon

Wii's, Playstations, and X-box's fill the new 'M Lounge' at SMU, an entertainment room just for students. Student Jonathan Lu says, "Right now, I'm playing 'Prince of Persia' on the PS3; I don't have a PS3 at home."

Equipped with 36 game consoles, courtesy of Game Stop stores, it's a free arcade on campus.

It serves another purpose: SMU is home to The Guildhall at SMU, the premier graduate video game education program in the US.  Students say making games is a tedious job that demands feedback from game users. The lounge provides the perfect test. Most people don't realize how long it takes just to make one game.

Student Eva Tran says, "To make something larger, like Halo Wars, I would imagine it would take you two to three years."

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