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Gamers engage in 'Modern Warfare'

The 5th annual gaming tournament hosted by M State will be held today (Saturday) from noon to 5 p.m. at room S8.

The game this year is "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare."

Dan Carter, computers and networking instructor at M State, said latecomers can duck in after noon but the tournament will wrap at four to start giving away prizes.

Said prizes include a 16 GB flash drive, Call of Duty: Black Ops for PC and donations from the Cozy Theatre, The Computer Guy, Dairy Queen, Burger King and more.

There will also be a drawing for an 8GB iPod nano.

The tournament is open to the public and people of all ages, although it was aimed at high schoolers when it started in 2006.

"It seems like yesterday when we started these," Carter said.

He said hosting a fun event related to their major has been a good experience for college students in the computer program.

"The computer program does get a lot of students that are interested in gaming, and in order to do gaming on PC in a tournament form, we set up servers," he said. "The students set up a computer server that can manage 50 computers at our computer lab, and they can manage the gaming site."

Carter said they had to cancel plans to host another gaming tournament which was to be held as part of M State's 50th anniversary. The celebration was canceled due to tornado damage.