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University Gaming & Time Management

As the fall 2015 semester begins at Eastern and the consumer market marches towards the holiday season, the onslaught of video game releases have slowly started to pick up. Finding the time to play the abundance of new releases can be challenging when combined with even a light course load.

Time management can be a crucial skill for any college student to master, one that can plague freshmen and senior alike. Coupled with an intensive gaming habit, getting course work completed and even making it to class becomes a distant thought.

bpvfdricyae6hhe-1 The release of new games such as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and any classic time killer from the Call of Duty franchise, forces student gamers to squeeze every free second out of their schedule.

Going to class and even sleep isn’t even a consideration for some.

11984387_1027610883924567_1485437977_o Aaron Lamb, 19, sophomore, has been playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for 14 hours straight. He hasn’t bathed, slept, or gone to class since the games release at midnight of Sept, 1.

“I could really use some more game fuel,” says Lamb, as he reaches into his empty box of Mountain Dew.

There are those students of course that can manage their time more efficiently and have no problem balancing school and gaming. For those, new game releases, clan parties, and local tournaments are a welcome reprieve from the grind of a busy schedule. For others, the course work is just another obstacle in their desire to complete the next big tittle.

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Xbox Live: Games with Gold – March

Xbox Live: Games with Gold – March

Starting March 1, Xbox Live Gold members will be able to download Civilization Revolution for free. Civilization Revolution is a turned based strategy game in the Civilization franchise of games from Sid Meier.

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Beginning March 15, Xbox Live Gold members will be able to download Dungeon Defenders for free. Dungeon Defender is a tower defense action RPG, developed by Trendy Entertainment.

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While these games are older titles, it’s hard to argue against free games, particularly if you missed them the first time around. The Games with Gold program remains exclusive to the 360, having yet to transition to the Xbox One as promised by Microsoft. While it takes time to get things running on a new console, one would imagine that the desire to make as many games available for that new console would drive Microsoft to not only speed up the initiation of the Games with Gold program for the Xbox One, but also release some more recent titles. How about Halo 4 or Gears of War Judgment, the latest installments of the two Xbox flagship franchises.

Just a thought.

More Star Wars, there will be…

Ready for even more Star Wars films.  Great!  Because you’re getting them whether you want them or not.
Apparently individual character films, will accompany the next trilogy, sort of like the Wolverine films…or maybe more like the standalone Marvel films that worked up to the Avengers.  Either way, [quote]Disney CEO Bob Iger has now confirmed that Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi writer Lawrence Kasdan and Sherlock Holmes and X-Men: Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg are indeed working on new Star Wars movies that will stand apart from the trilogy J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt are kicking off with Episode VII. Here’s how Iger explains Kasdan and Kinberg’s brief:

    [They’re] working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga, so we still plan to make Star Wars VII, VIII and IX roughly over a six year period of time starting in 2015. But there are going to be a few other films released in that period of time, too.
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http://io9.com/5981968/the-next-big-piece-of-disneys-star-wars-masterplan-is-confirmed-plus-the-amazing-spider+man-2-starts-filming

So what characters would you want to see get films.  I think Yoda, Han, and Lando are likely to be among the most popular choices.  Though this would also be a great opportunity to bring lesser known characters to the forefront as well.