SMU students play Rock Band in the University's new M  Lounge

The nation’s largest and most sophisticated video game lounge opened in SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center April 15. A full array of Wii’s, Playstations and Xboxes greet visitors to the University’s new M Lounge, an entertainment room for students.

The 36 game consoles were provided by the GameStop chain, headquartered just outside Dallas in Grapevine. And while the M Lounge provides free arcade action on campus, it also serves another purpose. Video game design students in The Guildhall at SMU now have a place to get instant feedback from fellow student gamers.

Watch local coverage of the M Lounge opening from The 33 News. video

(Above, students jam to a Rock Band track in SMU’s new M Lounge. The room’s unique set-up allows players to face an audience as they perform game moves, with the game screen itself as a backdrop.)