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Yeah, I know we all love our games, especially the more retro they become, but as gamers we can donate our games to a good cause–
DonateGames is an innovative social enterprise dedicated to supporting children with rare diseases through the collection and re-purposing of donated video games and gear
Just put your game in a padded envelope and send…if you give your email and return address they’ll send you a tax-deductible receipt.
…and I missed everyone on this list! God of War: Ghosts of Sparta for PSP, Split/Second, Heavy Rain, Bayonetta and Vanquish.
Alan Wake combines gaming with an author lead character!
Alan Wake was a solid, albeit somewhat repetitive third-person action game. Playing as Alan, a mystery novelist, your wife goes missing in the town of Bright Falls, and suddenly the stories you write start to come to life.
As always we have to consider gaming rating/community when choosing library titles (see the drama when the Veterans for Peace protested playing Call of Duty Black Ops in a Sacramento library). An after hours event, with permission slips, and a title like Halo: Reach- where FPS is more alien than human- could be a better call. There are so many Teen and E for Everyone games to use for library gaming, we can avoid the landmines of perception that can set back gaming in libraries.
Still pawing through stacks from New York Comiccon- found the ICv2 newsletter with this article–
Recession Related or Long Term Trend?
Hobby games up, but sales of video games were down 8% in the first seven months of 2010.
The board game category, which is one of the main beneficiaries of the increased interest in family gaming, continues to grow with distributors reporting increased sales through independent toy stores as well as hobby game outlets.
The full print article had many quotes about the social nature of family games, and how parents don’t want their kids ‘sitting in front of the TV playing videogames’ ’looking for stuff to do with their kids’ ’play a board game you are interacting with people, not staring at screen’.
As librarians that promote gaming as social interaction, we need to be aware of this perception from people about playing solitary videogames. I can say that our library gaming programs make kids social– they have the same console and games at home, but want to come and play with other kids.
Also, $50 for a playthrough video game is not the same as a board game because ‘every time you play it it’s different’.
Final quote is from Lori Aitken at Pegasus Games in Madison “There’s a backlash against videogames and solitary games….people saying they want a game that gets my kid interacting with someone”.
Halloween candy for thought…
Today was the first Retro Gaming Day at the Piscataway Public Library. We had a few emulators, but mostly it was old school actual consoles (with big boxy TVs) that patrons and librarians could play.
Atari console – Asteroids, Galaxian, Missile Command and even the god-awful but nostalgic ET was played.
NES- 2 dead consoles, and a patron went home to bring his working- still in the box. Much Duck Hunt was played.
SNES, DreamCast, Mac Classic, Playstation–a room of TVs, people, laughing, bazooka guns!
JP and Allen have much more video and pics to share on favorite games and why libraries should have video game programs to come…
For devoted gamers as well as those interested in groundbreaking graphic design, this is the first, most comprehensive, and only critical guide ever published to video games. The video game has arrived as entertainment and as an art form.
Halo, Grand Theft Auto, Legend of Zelda, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Final Fantasy…
Another resource for us gamin’ librarians: Joystiq
- Gaming news, Reviews of games
Walkthroughs to play games
From Joystiq’s About page: But don’t think that lighthearted jabs and an irreverent tone signals the end of serious business: Joystiq strives to maintain accuracy, to dig deeper, to do away with meaningless PR prattle, to gracefully decline luxury popcorn machines (like in the movie theater!), and to ask the awkward questions, all for you.
The Joystiq Network also includes:
Big Download: A fast and free downloads engine coupled with PC gaming news
Massively: Your best source for all the latest news on what’s happening in MMOs
WoW.com: Extensive coverage of the most popular online role-playing game ever, World of Warcraft
Great for gaming or just for patrons looking for gaming sites at home or while using the library computers is the new GameFly Arcade.
The best part is no membership or downloads required– just click and play (as long as you have Flash installed).
Games called Construction Fail, (Don’t) save the princess and Gangster Bros..how can you go wrong?
GameFly Arcade is a new section on GameFly.com that brings together over 2,000 of the best free Flash games on the Web. Our Flash games are all hand-picked by hardcore gamers, and available to play any time with no downloads.
Best of all, GameFly Arcade is completely free for both members and non-members, so tell your friends! You can even share the games you like with friends via e-mail or your favorite social networks while you play.
Also, we’ve just released Update 1.2.5 for GameCenter on iPhone. Now you can Keep the games you’ve rented and want to own right through the app! Just go to your GameQ, and you’ll see the big blue Keep button if a game you have rented is available to Keep.
The Check Mii Out channel is a free downloadable channel. There are Wii artisan contests to create character Mii’s (Marie Antoiniette, someone who loves plants). You can download these Mii’s to your system, and then when students/you play, they appear.
You can also choose from the Top 50 Popular Mii’s.
On my home system, I still get a kick when I am bowling and Chuck Norris or Batman is watching. Or if I run on Wii Fit, and pass Snoop Dogg. A friend created all the Lost characters, and playing Wii baseball, I had Sawyer pitching to Kate and Claire in the outfield.
Of course, allowing your regulars to customize their own Mii for playing can be great too.
As part of the Wizard World comicon in Philly, there is a sanctioned gaming– Magic, Pokemon, Dungeons & Dragons. Some are free, some have a cost. These are all games I’m super unfamiliar with personally, but recognize their following! Last year there were also many gaming vendors selling retro systems, games, and there were demo stations for videogaming.
Of course, there are also tons of comic artists, writers, creators, Tshirts, and all geekery! Join me there!
I’m hoping to meet Bruce Campbell!