Disclaimer (Memorial Union Reconstruction)

Starting March 23, 2015, the departments of Campus Recreation and Unions (CRU) and Design and Construction Management (DCM) will begin the Memorial Union Renewal. This comprehensive renovation will make the historic Memorial Union a more dynamic environment and integral on-campus destination for students and others in the UC Davis community. The project will maintain the integrity of the Memorial Union as a historic facility, reinforcing its importance to the campus. In addition, a number of critical and strategic improvements will meet the needs of a growing student population and enhance the student experience. The Memorial Union Renewal includes the following improvements:

  • The creation of a new, more dynamic entry to the northwest side of campus and to the Memorial Union itself.
  • A new two-story lobby in the north face of the Memorial Union.
  • Increased lounge/study space.
  • A new home for the UC Davis Veterans Affairs Office.
  • Expanded opportunities for UC Davis Stores and ASUCD to serve the student population and campus community, including new and updated retail spaces.
  • Improvements to the North and South Memorial Union Plazas.
  • Critical improvements in compliance with seismic codes and ADA requirements.

You can find information for the project at the Campus Recreation and Unions Website or their Facebook Page.

History: Old Games Area

Jerry Nunes, former head manager. He is (was?) a UCD Bowling Team coach.Located in the lower level of the Memorial Union, under the UC Davis Bookstore, the MU Games Area, often abbreviated MUGA, is a fantastic and magical place. The old Games Area housed over 50 Arcade games, a bowling alley and ten pool tables. While all activities are open to the public, those who present their Aggie Card can pay reduced rates for bowling and pool. The Games Area also hosts children's birthdays during the day and Rock 'N' Bowl in the evenings, Thurs.-Sat.

The MUGA is also home to the UC Davis Bowling Club who are currently ranked in the top 25 in the nation out of hundreds of extant college bowling clubs.

MUGA is a melting pot (more of a salad bowl, actually) of different gaming groups. They tend to divide themselves as such:

  • Initial D fans gather around the four-player Initial D machine to hone their skills and memorize the various twists and turns of all the courses

  • The rhythm game fans gather around the Pump It Up machine and try and get the moves down on harder and harder songs.

  • The fighting game fans gather in The Arcade Room to see who has the m4dd35t 5k1llz.

Warning: Use the bathrooms here at your own risk!! It isn't pretty at all. StevenDaubert thinks this lies, the Games Area has made an effort to clean up the male bathrooms.

Renewal: The Games Area renewal will continue to build upon the old services of the Games Area. This will include updated bowling lanes, billiards tables, and new T.V. based console gaming. The area will continue to serve students at a discounted rate, and offer space for parties and gatherings. 


Below is a list of all the games that have been in the MU Games Area.

Central Area

  • Afterburner (CLIMAX), installed as of 11 a.m. on 12/21/06. Brand new upon installation. The cabinet costs $17,000 out of the box.
  • Area 51
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Galaga / Ms. Pac-Man
  • Guitar Hero
  • House of the Dead 4
  • Hydro Thunder
  • Initial D5
  • Initial D6
  • Maximum Tune 2 Midnight
  • Megatouch Maxx
  • Metal Slug 4 / Bust A Move EX
  • Motor Raid
  • Pump it Up Absolute AND PRO
  • Razing Storm
  • Super Puzzle Fighter 2
  • Super Shot
  • Time Crisis 3
  • Time Crisis 4


Two to four tables are on the floor at any given time. All games are set to five balls per game. The Stern games are considerably newer, while the others are frequently swapped out when in need of repairs.

  • XPirates of the Caribbean (Stern)
  • Spider-man (Stern)
  • The Simpsons Pinball Party (Stern)

The Arcade Room

  • Cruisin Exotica (one two-player machine, and a solo)

  • Dark Silhouette: Silent Scope 2

  • Go! Go!

  • House of the Dead

  • Initial D 3 (4 screens)

  • Raiden Fighters

  • Star Wars Trilogy Arcade

  • Street Fighter IV - one of only 17 SF4 machines in the entire state of California. (Sold for $300 at the Bargain Barn)


  • Two air hockey tables

  • Fire Ball (skee-ball)

  • Dunk-N-Alien (skee-ball esque)

  • SuperShot (Basketball)

  • Hammerhead (whack a mole, except where there would be moles, there are sharks)

  • Pool

Pool Room

The pool room has roughly four or five pool-related art pieces that have glowing accents on them.

Play-for-a-Prize Games


  • There used to be a US Bank ATM - this one spit out $20 bills if you won! There was a Chase ATM at this location and a WaMu ATM before that.

  • Stacker []

Former Games


Central Area

  • Able Sailor
  • Moonwalker


  • Monster Bash (Williams)
  • Theatre of Magic (Bally)
  • Medieval Madness (Williams) (Sold for $5k at the Bargain Barn)

The Arcade Room

  • Capcom vs SNK 2
  • Dark Silhouette: Silent Scope 2
  • Gauntlet: Dark Legacy
  • Marvel vs Capcom 2
  • Marvel vs Street Fighter/Street Fighter Alpha 3/Marvel vs Capcom/X-Men vs Street Fighter (same cabinet)
  • Police 911 2
  • Sega Super GT
  • Soul Calibur
  • Street Fighter III - Third Strike (Seasoned players will be thoroughly amused by the bugged stage backgrounds)
  • Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection (no card/PS2 dualshock slot)



Pool an anonymous mechanic fixes Marvel Vs. Capcom




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2010-02-27 01:27:10   It's such a crock about the ADA, the bookstore chooses to not open the lower doors (next to pump it up and fast and furious motorcyle) when they do the textbook buyback. Wheelchairs can use that lower door after taking the elevator. They stopped using that lower door to make people go in and out of bookstore thru the upper entrances —StevenDaubert

2011-07-02 03:09:13   JUMP TO LEVEL 24 (unlock 16 characters) Enter Game Test Mode. Move cursor to Demo Sound. Press in order: Assist 2, Assist 1, Roundhouse, Fierce, Short, Jab. Exit Game Test Mode. JUMP TO LEVEL 48 (unlock 8 characters) Enter Game Test Mode. Move cursor to Damage Level. Press in order: Roundhouse, Assist 2, Assist 1, Roundhouse, Fierce, Roundhouse. Exit Test Mode. JUMP TO LEVEL 72 (unlock 8 characters) Enter Game Test Mode. Move cursor to Continue. Press in order: Jab, Fierce, Jab, Assist 1, Short, Fierce. Exit Game Test Mode. JUMP TO LEVEL 84 (unlock 4 characters) Enter Game Test Mode. Move cursor to Difficulty. Press in order: Fierce, Short, Assist 1, Jab, Assist 2, Jab. Exit Game Test Mode. —StevenDaubert

2011-10-31 04:35:46   Love it! I challenge anyone to a game of old school Street Fighter II. I'm always Chun Li. She's the original girl—so I'm her. —AshleyHamidi

2013-12-05 14:52:01   Aw no, they sold Medieval Madness? That was the best pinball game ever made! Now what am I going to do with the rest of my decade-old stash of tokens? —BarnabasTruman