Eastern Kentucky University

A Gaming Home, Away From Home

In the lower level of the Powell building, Tech Commons maintains a number of game consoles and games which students can use and check out during their off hours. The sanctuary away from the busy campus is a place where those needing to scratch the gaming itch can go to play with friends or battle against strangers in host of virtual competitive worlds.

Maintaining a wide variety of game systems, including Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo, Tech Commons in the lower Powell offers gamers a place to game outside of their dorm.

Nolan Kutzman, a sophomore Network Security major, says, “It’s a nice break in between classes for when you don’t want to go back to your room.”

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The Eastern Kentucky University Gaming Institute

Eastern is now home to Eastern Kentucky University Gaming Institute, the first bachelor’s degree program focusing on game design in the state. Starting this previous summer and fall, a host of new courses were offered, focusing on design, development, and publication of video games within an academic context.

For the first time, students in Kentucky wishing to learn the intricacies of game design, won’t have to pursue an expensive out of state education.

The Gaming Institute will host a Game Jam in the Wallace building, Friday October 23 through the 25. Entrants will be tasked with creating a complete game within the 48-hour time span.

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For more information on Eastern Kentucky University Gaming Institute, the Game Jam, or students wishing to register for classes, contact Dr. George V Landon:

EKU Gaming Institute

521 Lancaster Ave.

403 Wallace Building

Richmond, KY 40475

george.landon@eku.edu