The WiFi lounge has been a central hotspot where students are hard at work mashing away on their handhelds, keyboards, and controllers just to play friends or have a fun time. 


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The WiFi lounge has been a central hotspot where students are hard at work mashing away on their handhelds, keyboards, and controllers just to play friends or have a fun time. 

Andrew Beckerman, technical theater, has been playing “Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3″, (UMvC3), since its November release, and the more recent “Street Fighter X Tekken”, (SFxT).

Both games are team-based fighting games developed by Capcom, with UMvC3 having a stronger fanbase with its 3-character based teams, over the top action, and popular roster of Marvel and Capcom characters. SFxT, on the other hand, pits the “Street Fighter” cast of characters against the “Tekken” cast in a 2-on-2 tag team battle.

“[UMvC3] is my main game because it is the [most fun] game ever,” said Beckerman, who brings his Playstation 3 set-up every Tuesday and Thursday morning and plays with friends. “It’s a burden [to play] because of certain characters as well as people [complaining] about the game’s mechanics.”

David Lee, hospitality, and David Melara, biology, both play UMvC3 and SFxT with Beckerman. Lee hopes it will bring a lot of “Street Fighter” and “Tekken” players together.

“The most hyped game is [still] Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3,” Lee said. “[I like] Street Fighter X Tekken because you can do flashy combos, [and] it looks cooler than Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3.”

Melara said both “Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3″ and “Street Fighter X Tekken” are fun and strategic because it makes you think. He loves the “tag team” mechanic in “Street Fighter X Tekken”.

 “Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is exciting because it’s fast paced,” Melara said. “People have given its hate, but you still have to think [strategy]. [Street Fighter X Tekken] is new, so a lot of people are playing it and there are things in it that haven’t been explored.”

Santi Decunto, psychology, plays the “Pokémon” series on his Nintendo 3DS handheld. Current versions of the series he plays are “Heart Gold”, “Soul Silver”, “Black”, and “White”. He also runs the “PCC Pokémon League” since its establishment two years ago.

 Decunto said the “league” is a resemblance to the “Pokémon” anime, where a boy or girl will begin their journey and face “gyms” based on the game and anime. He said the “league” is quite popular among students in their early twenties and among those are students who have “religiously” played Pokémon since the 1990s.

“It’s a very challenging league,” Decunto said. “We all work our best to represent the Pokémon community of PCC.”     

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