Dorm Room Fun: Essential Video Games for College Dorms

Class is done for the day and even though your assignments aren’t entirely done, they can at least wait until tomorrow. Why? Because it’s gaming time.

College dorm rooms are one of the few living spaces in the world that value in-person, local, couch co-op over the online alternative. In most cases, the school’s Wi-Fi isn’t strong enough to support online gaming and dorm denizens enjoy an ecosystem of gaming-aged neighbors and worthy challengers.

The stage is set for an evening (and early morning) of non-stop gaming. The only thing left is figuring out which games are the best! Thankfully, I never grew out of my “gaming phase,” so I’m full of recommendations. Today, we’ll explore the dorm room video-game essentials. Before that though, I’d like to pre-emptively apologize for that D- on your anthropology exam. Let’s go!

Rocket League

Rocket League can be played online, that’s the truth of it. But in reality, the game is just so much more fun in person. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

For the uninitiated, Rocket League is a game that combines arcade-style car racing with the beautiful game of soccer. In it, teams of user-controlled cars fight for supremacy by trying to bounce a giant soccer ball into the opposing team’s net. It’s a fantastic game that gets more fun as each team grows.


What’s more, Rocket League is available on pretty much every console out there (Switch, Xbox One, PS4, PC). Even better it’s relatively affordable at $19.99.

Mario Kart

Nintendo has been a dorm room legend for decades as everyone has (or has had) a Nintendo console. That reputation is due in large part to their stellar catalog of dorm-friendly games — especially Mario Kart.

It doesn’t matter which iteration you own, new or old, the games are still incredibly fun, no matter your age. Pick your favorite character (Yoshi for the win) and take to the track against your fellow floor mates or battle it out in the aptly named Battle Mode. Just remember, with great power comes great responsibility.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

My copy of Halo: Combat Evolved — that’s the OG Halo for you youngsters — got so much play that I actually wore it out and had to buy a second copy. So, you could only imagine the euphoria that washed over my entire body upon release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One.

Although The Master Chief Collection had to overcome a few technological hurdles when it was released, it’s since received massive updates and support from the game’s developer. Despite the initial hiccup, co-op campaign for the first four Halo games, split-screen deathmatch, and custom games across all four games makes this one absolutely essential. What’s more, the game has been out for a few years, so you can find it for relatively cheap.

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