CHICO – Gamers of all kinds won’t be able to resist the new Wildcat Gaming Lobby at Chico State’s Whitney Hall.
The lobby, which was paid for by Chico State Recreational Sports, features video games, PC games, board games, and even a vintage Pac Man game. Students and staff showed up to test out the lobby for the grand opening on Thursday. Food and drink were served outside and the room was filled with happy chatter as people tested the games.
The hall officially opens on September 13. The Chico State Gaming Club will also meet in the lobby.
Servando Melendrez, a freshman at Chico State, and his friend, Nico Felix, a freshman at Chico State, enjoyed playing the computer game Valorant on Thursday.
“It’s very strategic,” Melendrez said. “It’s teamwork and intense.”
Junior Brad Farris played Call of Duty: War Zone on a computer.
“It’s very strategic and fun,” Farris said. “It’s fun to play with friends. It’s engaging and fast.
Farris said he loves first-person shooters and has been playing the Call of Duty franchise for a long time.
“It’s very unique,” he said.
A ribbon cutting was held to officially open the games hall and a few staff members gave enthusiastic speeches about the opening.
“I’m a budding gamer,” Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson said. “I have a Twitch account. If I weren’t working so hard, I’d spend my life gaming.
Hutchinson said the game helps people in many ways.
“The game is so important for recreation and learning technical skills,” Hutchinson said. “And it’s very important for people to learn who are getting into computing and other related fields.”
Freshman Kadence Simmons will be working at the front desk of the games lobby when it opens.
“I love this piece,” Simmons said. “They designed it so well. I can’t wait for the room to open. Many people were waiting for this. »
The games lobby budget was $100,000 and was completed under budget by about $97,000, said Chico State Director of Recreational Athletics Kendall Ross. The money was funded by recreation fees that students pay with their tuition.
The Wildcat Gaming Lobby will be open Tuesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. All undergraduate students and all staff members can use the hall.