By Andrew N. | October 30, 2012
If I had to describe how the average college student spends their time, I would break it down to the following: 25% in class, 15% homework, 25% sleeping, 10% wishing they were sleeping, 5% eating, 10% going out with friends, %10 Facebook/Twitter, %5 all other websites, and 2% playing video games. Ignoring that college students somehow managed to have 107% of the time of a normal person, let’s take a closer look at that 2% figure.
Now when you first thing of college students playing video games, you might immediately stereotype to those who stay up all night on the computer with a headset on, energy drinks on standby, and a bag of cheese balls always in their lap. I’m here to tell you that while that may happen, there is a much more common image. The majority of kids in college who play video games aren’t doing it on a computer, a PlayStation, or even an Xbox. Instead, they dust off the old cartridges and plug in the classic Nintendo system.
I like to think about Nintendo the same way I think about the Cincinnati Reds. Yeah, it is still there today trying to compete, and sometimes it looks like it’s making a comeback, but it really hasn’t been the cream of the crop since the 90s. That being said, kids of the 90s love to be nostalgic like no other generation, and playing the N64 is no exception.
This system is not just for “gamers”, but any boy or girl who has spends as much time clipping their nails as playing video games. Anyone can pick up that goofy shaped controller and find themselves enjoying Mario Kart, and I have seen more conflicts being solved by Super Smash Bros. than many other normal techniques.
Now I do see my fair share of Xbox 360, PS3, and even other Nintendo systems like the Gamecube and Wii, but not to the same extent, which is why I feel confident in proclaiming the N64 as the official game system of college.