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#libgaming will discuss the following topic today at 4pm EST on Twitter
How will E3′s announcements this week affect your future gaming-in-libraries decisions?
I understand that you may not have had time to keep up with the E3 announcements. You can catch up: 1up.com’s Microsoft E3 presentation coverage, gamepro.com’s Nintendo E3 presentation highlights, gamespot.com’s full Sony E3 presentation video.
@8bitlibrary on Twitter tweeted highlights of all three press conference while they were happening, so be sure to follow us to stay up-to-date with the latest news in gaming.
And don’t worry, as our discussion reveals itself, much bigger issues than E3 2010 will be raised!
[JP's note: Let's welcome 8bitlibrary.com's newest contributor, Brandon, who's reviewing one of the best games of the modern gaming era.]
WHAT? Arguably the flagship game of the Xbox 360, Halo 3 is the conclusion of the much-loved Halo trilogy that began on the original Xbox and is one of the most-played online multiplayer games in existence. In the single-player campaign, gamers take on the role of Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, a Spartan super soldier born and bred to combat the theocratic Covenant, an army of alien races who believe they are on a holy mission to eliminate humanity. The real draw for this series, however, is the highly-competitive, fast-paced multiplayer, which pits players against each other in armed combat on some of the most well-designed maps ever seen in a video game. Gamers who aren’t very competitive need not worry about being left out; up to four players can work together to finish the game’s campaign mode.
WHY? The Halo universe is one of the richest, most engaging fictional universes out there, rivaling that of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. Even gamers who aren’t fans know the story of Master Chief and his unending fight against the Covenant. The multiplayer mode sees over a million unique players a day. Unless your library has a definitive hard-line policy against M-rated games, not having Halo 3 on the shelf is akin to not having the Twilight series, the Harry Potter series, or anything by Stephen King in your fiction collection. As for programming possibilities, you could spend an entire gaming festival around Halo 3; there are so many game modes for both “lone wolf” and team play, you’ll never run out of ideas.
WHO? The elephant in the room is the M rating; the ESRB has determined that this game is inappropriate for anyone under the age of 17. You’ll want to keep that in mind as you circulate this game and plan programs around it. Also, this is definitely a hardcore gamer’s game: you’ll probably not want to set this up beside Wii Sports and Guitar Hero, games which are more relaxed and tend to draw new gamers in, not scare them away. Halo 3 gamers are competitive and dedicated, so be prepared to possibly entertain a bit less of a laid-back social crowd than you are accustomed to. It’s not all about the pwnage with Halo 3, however. The rich fiction in the game has spawned numerous books, comics, and even an anthology of short animated films; it’s an exercise in multimedia advisory all by itself.
What? Geometry Wars is one of the top downloaded games on Xbox Live Arcade, and for good reason. This is a highly addictive game that has nothing to do with mathematics. It’s a throwback to 80s shootemups, and manages to be just as fun.
Why? Geometry Wars has this colorful modern game aesthetic, but keeps all the intrigue of the 80s arcade classic Asteroids. It also has an amazing soundtrack and great multiplayer modes (competitive and collaborative).
Who? It is a game that is easy to play, because it only requires you to use the Xbox’s two “joysticks” (so, no button pressing). This makes the game easy to play for young/old/new gamers, but mastering it is a feat that only the greatest gamers can achieve. Scalability is what separates good games from great games (easy to learn, difficult to master), and this IS a great game. Unfortunately, libraries won’t be able to add it to a loanable collection, because it is only available as a downloadable title for 360. This IS, however, THE game that every library with an Xbox 360 should download. There is a similar title, Geometry Wars: Galaxies, that is available for multiple gaming platforms. It is an inferior title, but still gets the basics of the fun game play and you can buy a physical copy for your school or library’s loanable collection.