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Multiplayer Video Games In Libraries


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Buyers guide to multiplayer video games for libraries.

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Multiplayer Video Games In Libraries

  1. 1. Multiplayer Video Games in Libraries<br />What games and what consoles.For all age groups <br />
  2. 2. What is this?<br />
  3. 3. What is this? <br />
  4. 4. What is this?<br />
  5. 5. What are video games?<br />A video game is a piece of software that is intended to be fun to use. (Or really, really frustrating) <br />A video game console is a device that plays video game software. <br />The controller is a handheld control device that hooks up to the console either with or without wires and allows for control of the action on screen. (Not to be hurdled across room)<br />A memory card allows for saving data to resume at another time. Most consoles nowadays use internal memory.<br />
  6. 6. Some facts about the video game industry<br />The video game industry has grown very large and it’s now in the 7th generation of console hardware.<br />The video game industry has surpassed the film industry in sales and it’s growing rapidly.<br />Over 70% of people have video games in their households. <br />Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the biggest entertainment launch of all time. Including books and movies. <br />
  7. 7. The consoles I will be covering<br />Microsoft Xbox 360<br />PlayStation 3<br />Nintendo Wii<br />Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable <br />
  8. 8. What’s the difference between the three ‘big’ consoles?<br />The Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 are “next-generation” systems. Meaning they have “HD” graphics, internal hard drives, can play music, DVDs, and Blu-Rays(PS3) and have huge processing power.<br />The Wii doesn’t. But what the Wii has that these consoles don’t is “innovation”. Meaning your grandparents could play it. This is because of the motion sensing controls that none of the others have. Yet. Because they want the big sacks of money that Nintendo got from said “innovation” <br />
  9. 9. The Handhelds<br />The Nintendo DS is the successor to the Game Boy Advance which is the successor to the Game Boy Color which is the successor to the Game Boy. It prints money.<br />The PlayStation Portable (PSP) sadly, does not. This handheld is more akin to the PS3 and Xbox as it can do many things and is more powerful than the DS. However it’s not as easy to use. <br />
  10. 10. The Games<br />There are two types of games: Exclusive and multi-platform.<br />Exclusive games are released only for one system or handheld. This means they won’t be released on any other system. The meaning of exclusivity has changed because the costs of producing games has skyrocketed. <br />Multi-platform games are released for almost all the current systems and handhelds. The versions of each game aresimilar except usually in graphics orother small details. In the case of handhelds the gameplay might be completely overhauled. Guitar Hero on the DS is much different than on the big systems. <br />
  11. 11. The Games Cont’d…<br />The games covered will encompass all types i.e. ages, consoles and genres.<br />The games will be good for tournaments or just free play.<br />They’ll be listed by genre and by console exclusives. Ex. Only available for the Wii, DS etc…<br />Multiplayer will be referred to as local. This means that the game can be played by more than one person on a single television without going online. <br />
  12. 12. One important thing: ratings!<br />If you don’t want an irate parent coming to you, look at the ratings!<br />- These ratings are for games of <br /> all ages up to ten years old. <br /> - The T is for Teens 13 and up. The M rating is for age 17 and up only.<br /> - Run away!!!<br />
  13. 13. Action, First Person Shooters, and Fighting Games<br />Call of Duty (series) – Call of Duty is the premier multi-platform first-person shooter (FPS). The best thing about it is that it’s available for almost platforms including handhelds and it has local multiplayer. That is four people can play it on one television. It also can be played with 16 people with 4 TVs and consoled connected together. This is known as Local Area Network multiplayer, or in nerd speak, a LAN ‘party’. The newest CoD game is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. <br />
  14. 14. Action, First Person Shooters, and Fighting Games cont’d…<br />Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga – The title of the game says it all. It’s Star Wars in Lego Form. The latest version of this game covers all the episodes. It’s available for all the consoles. It has a two player mode and a ton of unlock-able secrets. This game is for all ages. <br />
  15. 15. Action, First Person Shooters, and Fighting Games cont’d…<br /><ul><li>Street Fighter (series) – Street Fighter is the legendary fighting series that popularized the genre. The latest release of this popular series is Street Fighter IV. This game has brought back the game to the popularity it had in the 1990s. Great for tournaments and bragging rights. It’s available for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. </li></li></ul><li>Music Games<br /><ul><li>The two big music games are Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Both games now are really pretty similar. Before Rock Band was the only one of the twoto have four payable instruments (guitar, bass, drums, microphone). Nowthe games are pretty much the same, the differences being in the track lists and band exclusives.
  16. 16. (Beatles = RB Metallica = GH)
  17. 17. I personally would go with Rock Band because It’s much better in a multiplayer setting. Songs are easier on lower difficulties and the songs each have a difficulty meter right before you start it. </li></li></ul><li>Racing Games<br />The two fun-nest (IMOP) racing games available are Mario Kart and Burnout. <br />Mario Kart is available for the Nintendo Wii and the DS. They’re very fun and can be very competitive, meaning there perfect for tourneys. Mario characters, shooting shells, what else could you ask for?<br />Burnout the series is a racing game about crashing. Now why would someone want to crash in a racing game? That’s because the player earns points by causing mayhem around the track. Very competitive.<br />
  18. 18. Sports Games<br />The ultimate multiplayer sports video game is Madden NFL whatever- the-year-is. Who doesn’t like football? The other sport games I recommend are:<br />NBA 2k10<br />MLB 2k10<br />NCAA Football 10<br />FIFA 10<br />Hot Shots Golf<br />Fight Night Round 4<br />
  19. 19. Games by Consoles<br />Xbox 360<br />Halo 3 - Second best multiplayer FPS, only because it’s not available for all consoles.<br />Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 – Zombie apocalypse. Four survivors. Tons of weapons. Did I mention zombies? The ultimate co-operation<br /> game. It’s vital to surviving. <br />
  20. 20. Games by Consoles<br />PlayStation 3<br />Little Big Planet - Game were people can create their own levels. Levels can be shared online for others to play. It’s 4 players locally and online. <br />Resistance 2 - FPS about fending an alien invasion during WWII. The game is 4 players for the single player campaign which means players have to<br /> play co-operatively! <br />
  21. 21. Games by Consoles<br />Nintendo Wii<br />New Super Mario Bros. Wii – Everybody knows Super Mario Brothers, but what if you had to play with 4 other people to beat it?<br />Yep, that means co-op.<br />Super Smash Brothers Brawl – Imagine all the characters from the Nintendo universe fighting each other in four-player matches? Nuff’ said. <br />
  22. 22. Games by Consoles<br />Nintendo DS and PSP<br />Tetris DS – Excellent remake of a timeless classic. Six different game modes. What more could you ask for? Online multiplayer. Just pray that your opponent is Japanese.<br />Hot Shots Golf Open Tee – The best golf game out there. Easy to learn, hard to master. <br />
  23. 23. How to Set Up a Multiplayer Session<br />Tournament Style – Yep that means brackets, placing and maybe some prizes. Not that difficult but should include registration or something so you don’t end up with an odd number of players or something.<br />Free play – Pretty much lay the consoles out and let them go at it. SUPERVISION REQUIRED. <br />
  24. 24. Why I didn’t include online multiplayer<br />
  25. 25. Questions and Comments?<br />