Photo Credit: Ashley Lewis, UPEI SU communications officer
In a period of COVID restrictions, gaming is a good way for students to de-stress, says Jose Gonzalez, the UPEI SU Vice President Student Life.
This semester, the UPEISU plan to begin a game console lending service called the Video game co-op program. It is the first across universities in Atlantic Canada.
Gonzalez said there has been no service by the UPEISU to cater for gamers, throughout his four years at the university.
â€œI feel like we havenâ€™t done much for those people (gamers) and I wanted to leave a service that would stay here after Iâ€™m done with this job,â€ he said.
The service provides a cost-efficient option for students who love gaming, Gonzalez said.
â€œGaming can be an expensive hobby. Not all students have the money to spend on the newest games,” says Gonzalez.
â€œThis could be a nice way to satisfy your gaming needs without you having to spend a lot of money.â€
The consoles offered in the Video game co-op program are retro classics such as the Sony PlayStation 1, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis Mini.
Each console has game titles pre-packaged.
Gonzalez said the program will grow and offer more modern consoles if it receives positive feedback from students.
He said he is glad to introduce such a service at UPEI and he hopes for its continuity.
â€œIâ€™m definitely proud of the idea, but it ultimately depends on whether students need it. I really hope students see value in this.â€
The retro consoles being offered share a likeness with him, Gonzalez said.
â€œI feel these video game consoles do represent me because I am small, fun and great.â€
The service will begin on Jan. 18.
To loan a console, students must fill a waiver form and pay a damage deposit of $20, which will be refunded upon the console returning safely.
Students can borrow consoles for a maximum of two weeks.