Gaming in College?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by extremo, May 30, 2006.

  1. extremo macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2004
    I recently bought the 2.16 MBP in preperation for college. I went with the MBP mostly for the ability to play games, but now that I have had it for about a week, I really can't seem me playing enough games to justify the ~$1000 price difference from the macbook. So my question is, do you college students have enough time to play graphic intensive computer games?

  2. ouphe macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Freshman year..yes, I did. Since that year, though, I've put more effort into my work and classes, so not really. I suppose it's true that you get out of it what you put into it: I used to be a pretty big gamer, and I don't miss it. The rest of my life seems much more interesting than games these days.

  3. Nate4747 macrumors regular

    May 7, 2006
    I don't have time to play any games at all, so I got a MacBook. It even prevents me from playing games, which is actually great because I am more productive without games.
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I find that WoW, Warcraft 3, and CS: Source are the most popular games at college. Sadly, I'm a big Starcraft and CS 1.6 fan. :rolleyes:
  5. h0e0h macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2004
    West Monroe, Louisiana
    i played PC games before i went to college... then i played Xbox games while in college (Halo 2 contributed to my 1st semester 2.61 GPA) then i got a job and now all i have time to do is play Xbox (maybe 1 baseball game a night) post on the forums, then go to sleep... wake up and go to work... but it was fun while it lasted.
  6. wako macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2005

    Please dont, for the sake of your academic career....

    I started college this past year, and I can't tell you how many people I know will be dropping out of Universities to community colleges because of games alone. I personally was sliding at the beginning of the first semester until I took my PC back home so it wouldnt tempt me.

    I would definately advise on returning the MBP if you are simply going to just play games on it. I really doubt your parents are paying thousands of dollars to play games.

    Personally for me I found very little time, once i started to budget my time
  7. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Don't be a p*ssy. ;) Play games AND kick butt in your classes. Granted you have to sacrifice a few things like sleeping and eating, but it all works out in the end. :D

  8. stunna macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2005
    Dont get the gaming laptop
    Do your best in college, get the highest grades you can to get that job.
    Do not BS your classes just to get by because you will pay for it later.
  9. wako macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2005

    I guess you could do that if you have a complete BS major.... like political science ;)

    *takes cover from the flak
  10. taytho macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2005
    KC, MO
    you will never have a time in your life to have the chance to meet so many people and be completely surrounded by your peers. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT...... DONT SPEND YOUR TIME PLAYING COMPUTER GAMES.
  11. yah00z macrumors regular

    May 21, 2006

    Here is my advice:

    I am a 2nd year full-time college student. I am able to spend alot of time on my MacBook Pro and my other desktop systems, doing stuff for fun. However, I am totally 100 percent disabled at this point. I was in a car accident that left me with a herniated/ruptured disc. I have had two surgerys to correct it, and am on the way to my third here in a few weeks (artificial disc surgery). I have 6 units online, and 9 units in person. I have a pretty busy week, however I do not have a job. School is my 'job', but I don't have an official one, right now. I come home from class, do my homework, and with my time remaining I spend it browsing the web, and doing other misc. things. However, I am not an addictive gamer, but my brother is. I know many people who spend hours and hours and hours gaming and never get anything done. So it really depends on what kind of a person you are.
  12. extremo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2004
    Thanks for all the replies!

    I think getting a macbook would fit my needs better. I'm really not that much of a gamer, but some of my older friends talk about how much lan parties act as a "bonding" experince freshman year.
  13. yah00z macrumors regular

    May 21, 2006

    lan parties are great, specially when you live in the dorm
  14. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2005
    I thought the whole point of getting a Mac was to not be distracted by games! :p
  15. sstern1 macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2004
    Did I miss something, or aren't all the good games on consoles and PCs?

    College is all about going out -- meeting new people, not sitting in your dorm room and playing games! Even if they are LAN parties (which no one in my dorm or house ever had).

    Play games when you're old or on vacation. Enjoy college! Take it from a recent graduate. Four years isn't enough time to waste on games.
  16. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    If you have a habit of getting obsessed with gaming, then find a way to remove temptation. As a university screw up, the allure of other activities can impact your world negatively. It starts off as a way of blowing off steam, and can balloon into something else.

    There are always gaming consuls around.

    If you want a good read, I recommend Hearts in Atlantis. The first novella is fantastic, but the second, the one about screwing around at university playing a card game- it happens. Focus on living life, getting out, and enjoying people.
  17. RainForRent macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2006
    Greenville, SC

    Just skip the gaming...
    Do what I did: buy a manual, hole up in a dorm room, and learn C++.
    Did wonders for my grades, I finished with a 3.97 :)
  18. Nar1117 macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2006
    I suggest adopting the attitude of wanting good grades, and since in college you get to choose what to study, you should want to learn. In the meantime, like on breaks and stuff, you'll have time to play games, so the MBP wouldnt hurt. Just dont play at school.
  19. fatties macrumors regular

    May 21, 2006
    i donno i went to college in the uk and it was party party party party party for 3 years straight. i think in the second year/ part of the 3rd year? oh somethine anyway, it was that plus a slight obsession when sims came out and i did really badly. still managed to graduate with a good mark but i've learnt the lesson that you can't party 24/7 plus game 24/7 plus work?

    so unless your course load requires a really powerful notebook, save that money because you might need it for something else.

    but then again, do you american kids spend 3 years only in a constant cycle of drunk/ hung over/ work/ drunk?
  20. wasimyaqoob macrumors 6502a

    Dec 23, 2005
    London, England.
    I'm in college and I play Counter-strike professionally :D

    Attending many tournaments across the UK/Europe and the world.
  21. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    Come to think of it, I didn't play games while attending university. That's strange. I played lots of games before and I've played a little after, but not during.

    Edit: I'm lying... I played the Sims when it came out and I tried a few other games.
  22. celebrian23 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    Under the sun
    I think Nar's approach doesn't work for most people in college. College students are hardly known for being able to resist temptations ;)
  23. mwpeters8182 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Doing well in school and playing video games aren't mutually exclusive, unless you're a marginal student. I'd say, for me at least, college was 50% work and 50% fun (probably 25% and 75% second semester senior year, when I finished my thesis), and I finished near the top of my class. I wouldn't say people dropped out of school because of video games - I know a lot of people who played video games instead of going to class, but that's beacuse they just didn't care. If not for video games, they would have found something else to waste their time doing.

    My roomate and I had some good times playing video games.
  24. spencecb macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    This is just sad and shows a lack of self control. No one should be that obsessed with gaming that the drop out of a university to go to a community college. I know of no one that this has happened to, but if it is true, very very sad and pathetic.
  25. spencecb macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    Yes, this has been my experience in college. And I go to a great university. There is plenty of time for the partying, and plenty of time to get the work done.

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