February 25, 2018

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Video Games 101: What you need to know about Lego Dimensions

Lego Dimensions is the first toys-to-life video game of its genre.  It is also one of the coolest video games that combines popular fandoms all into one video game. I mean, just look at this list!   Sounds cool right? Before your library jumps on this bandwagon, you need to know a few things. Trailer: […]

Video Games Weekly: Warframe

This week’s video game is a FTP (free to play) third-person shooter video game available on multiple platforms.  When I say “free”, I mean that it is a freemium game where players are able to play for free just like anyone else, but can make micro-transactions to purchase better items.  Warframe as far as I […]

Tetris: The Games People Play by Box Brown | SLJ Review

BROWN, Box. Tetris: The Games People Play. illus. by Box Brown. 253p. First Second. Oct. 2016. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781626723153.

Gr 9 Up –Brown immerses readers in the complicated origins of one of the world’s most popular video games, Tetris. Its creator, Alexey Pajitnov, was a computer scientist who became obsessed with how games and puzzles affected human psychology. Before long, Pajitnov became caught up in a prototype he’d designed based on a childhood game and shared it with […]

TPiB: Undertale Party

Last week, I wrote a review about the video game Undertale.  If you haven’t read it, go ahead and skim it before trying out this program! Also, be sure to ask your regular teens if they’re fans of Undertale before deciding to do this program. Undertale is a niche fandom that isn’t nearly as big […]

Video Games Weekly: Undertale

This week’s video game, Undertale,  is once again a PC game that teens (especially teen girls) love, but circulating library collections may not be able to purchase because it is a digital download only.  My teens requested an Undertale themed library program, and it attracted a more diverse crowd of teens compared to my usual […]

Video Games Weekly: Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

This week’s video game is strictly for Teen Programs, not circulating video game collections.  Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, created by Steel Crate Games, was recommended to me from a colleague when I asked our staff if they knew of a fun game where players work together to defuse a bomb.  I was not disappointed […]

Video Games Weekly: No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky has gained a lot of media attention in the gaming community over the past few weeks.  It was one of the most anticipated games of 2016 for the PC and PS4, but has flopped almost as hard as the hype after its release.  The number of users simultaneously playing No Man’s Sky […]

Video Games Weekly: Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest is not necessarily a new game, but the Xbox One Definitive Edition of the game was just released this past June.  The game has won multiple awards since its initial release in 2014, and is such a good game that you can buy special editions of Xbox consoles with a […]

Video Games Weekly: Terraria WiiU

Last September, I reviewed Terraria for the PS4.  I found the controls didn’t translate well to the PS4 from the PC, and suggested circulating collections may not want to buy a copy.  Well, this month Terraria came out on the Wii U, and I wanted to give it another chance because the controls would be […]

Video Games Weekly: Video Games 101: Coming this Fall! What you need to know about the newest consoles

This year is a big year for video games.  Pokemon Go is sweeping the nation, and there is new hardware being released for the Big 3 consoles: Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo within the next 12 months.  Many libraries are still circulating older console games for Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii, and justifiably so since many […]

Video Games Weekly: Pokemon Go and Teen Programming (TPiB)

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Pokemon Go, the newest app that inspires gamers to GO OUTSIDE! Many libraries have already utilized Pokemon Go as social media content, book display inspiration, and promotional material.  Instead of focusing on what Pokemon Go is and how to play, this article is going to […]

Video Sunday: Be Kind to Your Web-Footed Friends

Aww. Didja miss these? It’s not like I see as many videos these days, y’know. Not for lack of interest. They just don’t float in front my nose the way they used to. Fortunately there are a couple that I’ve collected in my travels and I’m featuring them here today. They may be a bit […]

Video Games Weekly: Journey Collector’s Edition

This review is going to be a little bit of a throwback because the original version of Journey  came out in 2012, but I hope you find it useful!  I’ve been waiting for our library’s vendor to stock the collector’s edition of Journey for PS4 (I don’t own a PS3), but I finally gave up […]

Video Games Weekly: E3

If you ever wonder where you can get tons of information about upcoming video games, E3 is one of the best places to check!  E3 stands for “Electronic Entertainment Expo”.  It is a large annual conference held in LA that brings video game professionals from all kinds of gaming into one place.  This year, E3 […]

Video Games Weekly: Star Fox Guard

Star Fox Guard is a little confusing, but I’m going to do my best to explain.  Our library got a disc copy of Star Fox Guard when we ordered Star Fox Zero (which I reviewed last week) because we pre-ordered it.  So, if you ordered a copy of Star Fox Zero before April 2016, you […]

Video Games Weekly: StarFox Zero

Star Fox Zero was initially supposed to come out last year in 2015, but it was pushed back until April 2016.  Since it was delayed for so long, Nintendo fans have been impatiently waiting for the newest installment to the Star Fox series.  For this review, I asked my partner, Andres, to play the game […]

Video Games Weekly: MLB The Show 16

May the 4th Be With You!  If you’re feeling festive on Star Wars Day, you can read my Star Wars Battlefront article here. This week I played MLB The Show 16.  I’m not a fan of baseball, but I promised myself  I would remain as unbiased as possible for this review.  In real life, I […]

Video Games Weekly: Ratchet and Clank

I have to confess right off the bat that I have never played a Ratchet and Clank game before.  Somehow, this game never appeared on my radar!  Therefore, my review and opinions are formulated on this game alone, and may not be the only review you want to read. I highly recommend reading Wired, Kotaku, […]

Video Games Weekly: Miitomo

If you follow me on Twitter, you have probably noticed that I’ve been playing through Tearaway Unfolded.  I read about it in a video game review, written by Regina Townsend on Teen Services Underground.  The game is awesome, but since it has been already well reviewed, I’m going to talk about a sort-of-but-not-quite video game […]

Video Games Weekly: Street Fighter V

Last week, I reviewed a fighting game called Pokken Tournament. This week, I’m reviewing Street Fighter V, which if you can’t tell by the title, is another side-scroller fighting game.  It’s difficult to compare the games because Pokken Tournament is Pokemon’s first stab at a fighting game, whereas Street Fighter is one of the most […]