Exercise: Gaming Magazines 1.Who is this magazine for? How can you tell? 2.What is appealing about the magazine? unappealing? 3.What can you learn from the ads? 4.What can you learn from the articles? 5.What are clues in the reviews that indicate the game is well-executed? poorly executed? 6.How might you narrow down purchasing decisions? 7.Would you buy this magazine for your library?
Game Policy Questions
Who is the collection for?
What formats will you collect?
What genres will you collect?
What is your selection criteria?
What resources will you use to select?
Where will you purchase from?
Is there a donation policy?
How will the collection be classified/cataloged?
Where will the collection be stored?
How will it be displayed?
What security measures need to be taken?
What is the procedure for materials challenge?
Sample Video Game Policy
Schwarzwalder, Jami. “Video Game Collection Development Policy.” Super Mario Brothers Memorial Public Library. November 2005. http://www.mbmpl.org/vg/?page_id=6 . July 23, 2007.
From game stores
Game Stop, EB Games, Game Crazy
From library companies
Baker & Taylor, Thomas Kline/Crimson Multimedia, S&S Worldwide
Amazon.com, Comp USA, Best Buy, Circuit City, Wal*Mart
Direct from the publisher
Game Tap, PlayFirst, Direct2Drive, Overdrive
“ Family Friendly” Review Sites
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
School Library Journal
Electronic Gaming Monthly $12.00/yr
Game Informer $19.99/yr
Games For Windows, $12.00/yr
Nintendo Power $19.95/yr
Official Xbox Magazine $24.95/yr
PC Gamer $19.95/yr
PlayStation Monthly (PSM) $10.00/yr
General Interest Magazines
Geek Monthly $19.95/yr
Reader's Digest $24.98/yr
PC Magazine $19.97/yr
“ Family Friendly” Review Sites
Children's Technology Review
Common Sense Media
• IGN Game of the Year (Jan)
AIAS Game of the Year (Feb)
• Game Developer’s Choice Awards (Mar)
• Game Critics Awards (May)
• BAFTA Excellence in Video Games (Oct)
• GameSpot Game of the Year (Dec)
• GameSpy G ame of the Year (Dec)
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board
(ESRB) is a self-regulating body established by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). ESRB applies and enforces game ratings, advertising and online privacy principles. They are primarily know for evaluating games for violence, sex, language, substance abuse and other characteristics
Storage depends on:
start with programs
Choose secure storage
Examine circulation policies
Locking Security Straps
Clearly label format
Collections are self weeding collection
Games can be cleaned with rubbing alcohol
Scratches can be removed with cleaning devices for use with CDs & DVDs
Sources for game information
Extra content (manual, maps, etc)
Title screen vs. main menu?
More Cataloging Issues
“ Formally presented information"
Best Practices: Collections
Helen McGraw Branch Irondequit (NY) Public Library
Ratings: Games rated E, E10+ and T
Platforms: PS2 and PC
Loan Period: 14 day circ
Late fee: $.25/day
Replacement Fee: Game cost+$5
unique and quirky titles
Rockridge Branch, Oakland (CA) Public Library
Ages: 13-18 year olds
Loan Period: 7 day free checkout
Late fee: $1/day
Replacement fee: $50
Limits: 2 games per patron; no holds/renewals.
PC Games for Children
Finding Nemo (Disney/Pixar, 2005)
Fisher Price Little People Discovery Games (Vivendi Universal, 2003)
I Spy Spooky Mansion Deluxe (Riverhillsoft, 2005)
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: Mini Games (Activision, 2004)
Nancy Drew: White Wolf of Icicle Creek (HerInteractive, 2007)
Rollercoaster Tycoon (Hasbro/InfoGrames, 1999)
PC Games for Teens
Age of Empires (Ensemble Studios/Microsoft, 2002)
F-15 (Origin/Janes Combat, 1998)
Guild Wars (NCSoft/ArenaNet, 2006)
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth (EA, 2004)
Sid Meier’s Pirates! (2K Games, 2005)
The Sims 2 (Maxis/EA 2005)
PC Games for Adults
Civilization IV (Firaxis/Infogrames, 2005)
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (EA Games, 2002)
Space Invaders Anniversary (Empire Interactive, 2003)
SWAT 4 (Irrational Games/Vivendi, 2005)
Ultimate Mahjongg 20 (ValuSoft Inc.)
Unreal (Epic/GT Interactive, 1999)
XBox360 for Children
Cars Mater National (THQ, 2006)
FIFA Soccer 08 (Electronic Arts, 2007)
Lego Star Wars II (Eidos, Traveller’s Tales, 2007)
Harry Potty and the Goblet of Fire (Electronic Arts, 2005)
Viva Pinata (Rare LTD, 2006)
XBox360 for Teens
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (LusasArts, 2007)
Guitar Hero II(RedOctane, 2007)
Madden NFL 2006 (Electronic Arts, 2005)
Need for Speed Underground (EA, 2003)
Tony Hawk's Underground THUG (Activision/Neversoft, 2003)
Xbox360 for Adults
Fable (Microsoft Game Studios/ Big Blue Box, 2004)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 (Ubisoft, 2003)
Call of Duty 2 (Activision/Infinity Ward 2005)
Halo 3 (Bungie, 2007)
Madden NFL 2007 (EA, 2006)
Project Gotham Racing 3 (Microsoft Game Studios/Bizarre Creations, 2005)
PS2 for Children
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (Traveller's Tales/ Universal Interactive Studios, 2002)
Gran Turismo 4 (Polyphony, 2005)
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (EA/ Griptonite Games, 2005)
Katamari Damacy (Namco, 2005)
PS2 for Teens
Call of Duty: Finest Hour (Activision, 2004)
DDR Extreme 2 (Konami)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 (Atari, 2004)
Final Fantasy XII (Square Enix, 2006)
Kingdom Hearts (Square Enix/Disney, 2002)
The Incredibles ( THQ, Inc, 2004)
Need for Speed Underground (EA, 2003)
PS2 for Adults
Metal Gear Solid II: Sons of Liberty (Konami, 2001)
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (Midway, 2006)
Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Arcade Collection (Namco 2006)
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (Ubisoft, 2006)
WWE SmackDown 4! Shut Your Mouth (THQ Inc )
Animal Crossings (Nintendo, 2006)
Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree (Nintendo, 2006)
Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, 2006)
Rayman Raving Rabbids (Ubisoft, 2006)
Super Paper Mario (Nintendo, 2007)
Trauma Center: Second Opinion (Nintendo, 2006)
Wii Play (Nintendo, 2006)
Digital Downloads for Gamers
Get the Slides!
Link from the ALA TechSource Wiki
Find on SlideShare.net
Resources at http://del.icio.us/informationgoddess29/glls2007
Prima Strategy Guides
eGuides in PDF format
GameTap is an online arcade of 900+ video games from Turner
Accounts: 8 logins per location
Limit: No public performance
Atari 2600 (104)
Commodore 64 (55)
Sega Dreamcast (7)
Sega Genesis (81)
... and more!
Games On Demand: Unlimited
Games on demand: Unlimited Play is a monthly subscription service from Comcast
DDR for your fingers... unless you plug in a USB pad
Puzzle game... or shooter?
Games to Bookmark for Children
Premise: Mr. Potato Head, but with other fruits & vegetables
Educational games with math, science & reading themes
Girls Go Tech
Girl Scout website with games related to badgework on codes & communication
Raise a virtual, electronic pet. Highly commercial.
Webkinz pets are lovable plush pets that each come with a unique Secret Code. With it, you enter Webkinz World where you care for your virtual pet, answer trivia, earn KinzCash, and play the best kids games on the net!
Games to Bookmark for Teens & Adults
Darfur is Dying
A serious simulation game about genocide. Keep your refugee camp stable in the face of many threats
Medieval styled MMORGP
Kingdom of Loathing
Free and funny turn-based RPG with online chat/group option
Archive of over 250 text adventure games, also called Interactive Fiction.
Goal: locate 6 set from the 12 cells by selecting 3 cells to create a set
Free online games including arcade games, action games, sports games, puzzle games, flash games and more.