Students can give the new ‘Splinter Cell’ a test run today

Fans of the “Splinter Cell” franchise will have the opportunity to check out the latest installment in the series Friday at the Ohio Union.

A launch event for “Splinter Cell: Conviction” will be held in the Ohio Union’s Round Meeting Room Friday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The event will feature a playable version of “Splinter Cell: Conviction” in single player and multiplayer modes, as well as a gaming tournament, raffle, trivia, food and prizes.

“We’re having [the event] on campus to get students more interested and be able to come out and have fun,” said Jeana Howald, campus representative for Ubisoft at Ohio State and a fifth-year in strategic communications.

“We’re really excited,” she said. “This is our first official event at Ohio State.”

“Splinter Cell: Conviction,” the fifth game in the “Splinter Cell” series, was released in North America on April 13. The game was developed and published by Ubisoft and is available on Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows and iPhone.

“There’s a lot of tactics and there’s a lot of strategy in the game,” Howald said. “It’s a lot more for the player to decide how to go about certain combats … it’s pretty exciting.”

Friday’s event is sponsored by Game Creation Club in partnership with Ubisoft at Ohio State.

Game Creation Club is a student organization designed to “facilitate the interest, research and development of video games and the game industry,” according to the group’s Web site.

“We see the event as a great way to provide fun, entertainment, excitement and the college favorites: contests and giveaways,” said Jim Pickett, adviser for Game Creation Club and a fourth-year in art and technology, in an e-mail.

Meanwhile, Ubisoft at Ohio State is also planning a launch event for “Ghost Recon: Future Soldier” this fall, though the game will appear at Friday’s event.

“There’s a beta on the disc for ‘Splinter Cell: Conviction’ that allows you to play — for the first time it’s been available — the new ‘Ghost Recon: Future Solider,’” Howald said.

Other partners for the launch event include Rogue Media Gaming, GameStop and Columbus Ohio Retro Gaming Society.

[This story ran online for The Lantern on April 16, 2010. Click here.]

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