ENMU student, Giovanny Cordoba, was inspired by his love of video games and wanted to start a group on campus. Today, Smash Scene thrives as an official game group on campus, allowing students to come and participate in tournaments Thursdays at 6pm in the Campus Union Building (CUB).
Cordoba’s love for video games started as a bond between him and his brother. No matter the type of game, Cordoba has always enjoyed playing with other people.
However, the idea for Smash Scene did not come to Cordoba overnight. Cordoba had seen a Super Smash Bros tournament at a game shop in Albuquerque, and that inspired him to start his own group on campus. It all started with Cordoba and his brother, who also attends ENMU, playing video games in his dorm room freshman year, eventually expanding to a group of four students holding tournaments in the Eddy Hall lounge.
At the beginning of his sophomore year, Cordoba could afford his own apartment and his small group of four played together any chance they could get at his place. If they were going to continue to grow, he knew they would need someplace bigger, so he started the official Smash Scene group on campus.
Cordoba is proud of the diverse group of people that he has been able to bring together through Smash Scene. When asked what his favorite part of Smash Scene is, Cordoba said it is “being able to experience the whole range of people.” Smash Scene is a great place for students from all over campus to hang out, from “hipsters” to “tech geeks.”
The group currently does tournaments of Super Smash Bros from the Wii U, but hopes to play other games soon. All students are welcomed to stop by. “We cater to both casual and competitive players…they just need to know the controls” said Cordoba.