Play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at College Football Games

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Nintendo has announced a partnership with Wendy’s College Tailgate Tour to bring playable gameplay stations of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to college campuses around the country.

“Many of our biggest fans are now in college and have memories growing up playing one of the games in the Super Smash Bros. series,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We want to bring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate directly to longtime and first-time players, and what better way than to combine two of college students’ favorite pastimes: video games and football.”

Nintendo will utilize a custom Super Smash Bros. Ultimate branded trailer at select college football games this season. The trailer will include six gameplay stations in dedicated tailgate areas right outside of the stadiums. A large LED screen will be available for onlookers to view of the action.

The setup is designed as “highly visual” to encourage pics and sharing on social media. Impromptu tournaments will be hosted throughout the tailgate. Winners can even win Smash Bros. branded promotional items. Like any tailgate, admission will be free.

The Wendy’s College Tailgate Tour kicks off on September 22 at the Stanford @ Oregon game. See the full schedule below to find where the Smash Bros. trailer will be each week.

  • Sept. 22 – Stanford @ Oregon
  • Oct. 6 – Alabama @ Arkansas
  • Oct. 13 – Wisconsin @ Michigan
  • Oct. 20 – Oklahoma @ TCU
  • Oct. 27 – Clemson @ FSU
  • Nov. 3 – South Carolina @ Ole Miss
  • Nov. 10 – TCU @ West Virginia
  • Nov. 17 – Miami @ Virginia Tech
  • Nov. 24 – Michigan @ Ohio State
  • Jan. 1, 2019 – Teams and location to be determined

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features over 70 fighters, 100 stages, and 900 music tracks, making it the largest in franchise history. Newly announced fighters include Ridley, King K. Rool, and Simon Belmont.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will arrive exclusively on Nintendo Switch on December 7.

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Esport Heroes of the Dorm Yields Big Scholarships for College Teams

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Scholarships have forever been a mainstay of college sports, and now esports are getting into the scholarship act too. This is the second year of a college esports tournament from video game giant Blizzard. The tournament is called Heroes of the Dorm, and teams compete in Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm, a five-on-five “hero brawler.” Tournament play is going on now and wraps up in April with the finals in Seattle. Read More

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[Review] Decisions That Matter Illustrates Sexual Harassment in College

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Decisions That Matter: An Interactive Experience is an interactive web comic where readers can make decisions about how to respond to situations. The situations in question are centered around sexual harassment. Characters are freshmen in college. The comic aims to help guide students through making better choices when it comes to sexual harassment in a variety of settings.
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College Offering Scholarships to Teenage Gamers

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You may have heard about gamers winning large sums of money in tournaments. Millions, even. This is esports, and it’s steadily become more and more accepted as an official sport along the lines of football or chess. In fact, two schools are now offering scholarships for teenagers who get really good at League of Legends, and the University of Pikeville, in Kentucky, is one of them (the other is the Robert Morris University in Chicago).

Bruce Parsons, the university’s media director, describes League of Legends as a game taking skill, practice, and a lot of teamwork, just like more traditional sports.

When it comes right down to it, League of Legends is essentially a meld of games like football and chess. The competition and strategic reasoning of chess combined with the teamwork of football makes League of Legends a reasonable addition to the school’s sports roster. Parsons notes that students will still have to maintain the same standards as any athlete, devoting study and practice time to the sport while maintaining a good GPA.

League of Legends is a capture-the-flag game where five-player teams compete to take the one another’s base. Each player controls a character, and each character has a specific ability set that can be used strategically. The game currently has a total of 123 characters, or ” champions,” to choose from. There are positions, just as in any traditional sport, and some champions are more suited to some positions. While a football player might end up a linebacker, a League player might choose a position in the solo top lane or the jungle. There are also roles in League of Legends—marksman, for instance, or bruiser. Finally, as with football, there are phases of the game where different actions and strategies work better than others. And, of course, players need to learn to work together through all of these choices as a team.

Pikeville will offer 20 scholarships at the beginning of the new school year, and their current team will compete in the Collegiate StarLeague this coming fall.

It doesn't look much like football, but at its core, League of Legends promotes the same values as any sport.

It doesn’t look much like football, but at its core, League of Legends promotes the same values as any sport.

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Read, Play, Love: Industry Pros Offer Advice To Teens Interested in Making Games

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The games industry is a hot career path right now—it’s exciting, it’s new, and a lot of young people love games. Who doesn’t want to be paid well for something they adore?

Okay, so it’s not all rosy. Anyone in the know will tell you that working on games, while it can be lucrative, is very tough—we’re talking ridiculously long hours during crunch time, minimal job security, and a lot of training. That doesn’t mean those dreams are out of reach, of course. First of all, developing games is only one facet of the games industry—there’s also journalism, art, music, PR, and more. I mean, one of my best friends has made a career out of composing orchestral covers of video game music—it’s not what you might think of first, but he’s very happy doing what he loves, and music in games is what he loves best.

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