With the new movie Pixels coming out on July 24th in theaters, we thought it would be a great time to let you know that we have thousands of video games for checkout at the library. We have games for the most recent consoles: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS. We also have games for these slightly older (but still great!) consoles: Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, and PlayStation 3. If you still love your PlayStation 2, we have games for it, too. If you like PC games, we have some games for checkout, but newer games for PC are sold mostly through online services like Steam.
For each library card, up to five video games can be checked out for three weeks and renewed two times as long as no one else is waiting. Games that are rated “M” for mature may only be checked out on an adult’s library card. Is there a video game you’d really like to play, but we don’t have it? Ask us to buy it! Go to Recommend a Purchase and we might buy it for you to borrow. Please remember we don’t buy online and multiplayer-only games or games that require an online account.
I’m sure you’ve heard that video games can be bad for you, but scientists are also arguing for the benefits of playing video games. From the Huffington Post article, 9 Ways Video Games Can Actually Be Good For You, scientists find that gaming can help increase the “areas of the brain responsible for spatial navigation, memory formation, strategic planning and fine motor skills in the hands.” Further, playing video games can improve the “ability to discern subtle changes in the brightness of an image.” This means gaming can actually improve your eyesight. A third way video games can be beneficial is to treat depression. A group of children assigned to play a specially-designed game had a 44% complete recovery rate versus only 26% that had traditional one-on-one counseling.
In addition to having video games for check out. We also have numerous programs with video games. Always check our monthly newsletter, Discover BCPL, to catch what’s coming.
For children, we have an Android tablet with games appropriate for children that can be played while you’re visiting the Main library in the Youth Services 2nd floor area.
For teens, we have several recurring events:
Teen Cafe (Middle/High School)
Wednesdays at 3:15-4:45 p.m.
Drop in for gaming, Internet, snacks & more! Xbox 360, WiiU, NES, and PCs are available. The teens are currently playing Super Smash Bros. for WiiU almost exclusively. Also, Minecraft computers are set up during this time.
Teen Night (Middle/High School)
Last Friday of the Month from 6-8 p.m.
Want to hang out after the library closes? Now is your chance! Pizza, games & more! Xbox 360, WiiU, NES, and PCs are all made available — most of them play Super Smash Bros. for a good majority of the night. Also, Minecraft computers are available.
Teen Gaming: Super Smash Bros. for WiiU (Middle/High School)
Thursday, September 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Come and test your might against other Super Smash Bros. fans in a double elimination, no items tournament. Sign-in at 5:30, matches start at 6 p.m. Registration required. If you just like to watch Nintendo characters fight it out, you’re welcome to come watch!
Teen Gaming (Middle/High School)
Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m.
This starts again in September when school is back in session. Drop in for gaming, snacks & more! Enjoy Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii, and Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe on the Xbox 360.
Pokemon (grades K-12)
4th Monday of the Month from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Gotta catch ’em all! Bring your own deck or Nintendo DS; no trading. English cards only. Registration encouraged. Many teens bring their DS making this a great program for gamers.
Oh, and, by the way, if you really like the Pixels movie, here’s some of the games that have the video game characters that show up there:
Pac-man and the Ghostly Adventures for many consoles
Namco Museum DS (has Galaga and Pac-man)
Donkey Kong Country series for Nintendo consoles (Did you know Donkey Kong has his own children’s movies?)
Midway Arcade Origins (has Joust; also Joust 2 for the completionist)
Centipede Infestation for 3DS
David Birkhead fixes computers at the library. David began playing video games when there was an entire console you hooked to your television just to play Pong. His video gaming dream is to one day get a perfect score in Pitfall II: Lost Caverns for the Atari 2600.