What Are Cougars Playing?: Video Game Edition

Get a deep dive into which video games Kean students are playing and are looking forward too.

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What Are Cougars Playing?: Video Game Edition
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As the semester passes, classes get more hectic and assignments may get overwhelming. For students looking for an activity or hobby to enjoy while having free time, video games are a great outlet to relieve stress, have fun with friends, and increase your social skills.

There are video games for people with different interests such as sports, open world, combat, and many more. For the average sports fan, the typical video games that would pique their interest might be NBA 2k, Madden, UFC, FIFA, or MLB the Show. People who have an interest in open-world and online gaming might be interested in Minecraft, Sims, or Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction.

Zyaire Evans, a freshman at Kean majoring in Criminal Justice from North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, tells us which games he is currently playing at the moment.

“Right now I’m playing Madden, 2K, the new Spiderman, and some Call of Duty too,” said Evans. When asked which is his favorite game out of the ones he mentioned, Evans explains why Madden is his top choice.

“Madden because I’m good, I don’t hop off that game at all, I got a 94 overall Ultimate Madden team, come play me,” said Evans.

For those who are not familiar, Madden is an American football sports video game made by Electronic Arts (EA). The gaming franchise is based on the NFL and was named after Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and commentator John Madden. One of the game modes in Madden is Ultimate Team, where you can build your dream team and earn new players as you win more games. The mode gives players the option to play solo or online games and complete challenges to earn coins, packs, and premium players.

Vinny Immordino, a freshman majoring in Criminal Justice from New Jersey, states that he plays Madden, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, Call of Duty, and 2K, and gives advice to students who may be interested in playing Rainbow in the future.

“Grind because it’s hard, you gotta grind if you want to be good,” said Immordino.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction is an online multiplayer tactical shooting game made and developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. When it comes to this game, players must work together to combat and defeat a type of parasite-like aliens. This game is available for Playstation, Xbox, and PC.

Immordino also gives two upcoming video games he is looking forward to later this year. “Definitely the new college football game and MLB,” said Immordino.

After 11 years the NCAA college football series is finally back. From 1993 to 2013 the NCAA college football series would take the world by storm. Every summer EA would release a new edition of the game with improved graphics, gameplay, and a glimpse of how college football is in real life.

The college football franchise would come to a halt in the summer of 2013 as the NCAA announced that it would not renew its licensing contract with EA due to an ongoing legal dispute regarding the use of player likeness and image in the games. This dispute would be resolved in 2021 as teams and players will receive a payment from the game’s future profits. NCAA College Football 25 will be released to the public during the summer of this year.

Students who are interested in getting into gaming can go to the game room in the Miron Student Center at Kean, where there are plenty of games to choose from and people to interact with.