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Where will you go? What will you play?: Video Games Available at HPL

3 Feb

This year our library’s promise is that we will take you to exciting places and while books and movies are a great start to expand your horizons, you might also be looking something slightly more immersive. That’s where our video game collection comes in handy. If you haven’t checked it out before, now is the perfect time. It is a fun way to sample a new game and you can travel everywhere from fantasy lands to space without going further than your library. Today I’m looking at five recently added games available for PS4, but we also have a variety of games for other systems like the XboxOne as well.

House Flipper [for PS4]
Tired of being stuck in your house; wish you could live somewhere new? House Flipper allows you to buy and remodel homes; fun for both those who are interested in home repairs and those who love decorating. Rated E for Everyone!

Deliver Us the Moon [for PS4]
Wonder what it would be like to be an astronaut in space? In a not far off future, after Earth has begun to run out of natural resources, you are sent on a solo mission to the moon. Can you save humanity? This game is rated T for teen due to fantasy violence.

Port Royale 4 [for PS4]
Wish you could go back in time instead? In Port Royale 4 you will experience what it was like in the 17th Century Caribbean from creating trade routes to navel battles. This game is rated everyone 10+.

Pathfinder: Kingmaker [for PS4]
Interested in escaping into a fantasy world? Explore Golarion and create your character, you have 1,000 of different skills and abilities to choose from! The game is rated Teen due to some blood and violence.

Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour [for PS4]
Maybe you don’t want to do anything more exotic than just get out and enjoy fishing again; till you are back on the lake, we still have you covered. In Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour you can compete against over 100 pro anglers, catching 38 different species of fish. This game is rated E for everyone.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Information and Digital Services

Game On or Game Over?: Video Gaming Documentaries Available from Kanopy

30 May

My video gaming is mostly confined to using Pokémon Go as a way to entertain myself during my walk to and from work;  I like AR (Augmented Reality) games since they can make everyday reality a bit more fun.  My husband is more of a traditional console gamer and recently has gotten into VR (Virtual Reality) gaming on the Oculus (you can check out the VR experience for yourself during our Makerspace Mondays).  My son is part of the new generation who enjoys watching let’s play videos of game run throughs and gaming tournaments as much as playing the games himself.  The many ways we enjoy gaming continues to expand.  Kanopy has a variety of thought provoking documentaries that offer both positive and critical views of games and gaming culture that are available for you to stream.

State of Play: The World of South-Korean Professional Video Gamers
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all images in this post from kanopy.com

Could someday professional video game tournaments replace the Super Bowl or the World Cup?  Thousands of Koreans attend the Proleague in Korea every year. The documentary State of Play follows three Korean gamers specializing in Starcraft, who are at different stages of their video game careers.  The documentary is also available from Hoopla.  If you enjoy this documentary you can also check out A Gamer’s Life: The Lives of Professional Video Game Players.

GTFO: Get the F**k Out – Women in Gaming
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GTFO was an Official Selection at the SXSW Film Festival; it looks at misogyny in the realm of professional gamers, game designers, and players online.  The film captures a variety of experiences of those who have felt discriminated against or harassed.  The documentary was interesting, though I would have liked to have seen more men interviewed to give more insight into why the behavior is so often occurring and why it is seen as OK by those who are the perpetrators.

Gaming in Color: The Queer Side of Gaming
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Much like GTFO, Gaming in Color examines the discrimination faced by some gamers, especially those who identify as LGBTQ, but it also looks at some of the positive experiences that queer gamers have had as well.  It briefly shows a few of the games which have begun to incorporate same sex relationships and visits GaymerX, which seeks to be an inclusive video game convention.  Gaming in Color is also available from Hoopla.

Besides these three documentaries you can find ones on topics like violence in video games with Returning Fire: Interventions in Video Game Culture and Joystick Warriors: Video Games, Violence & the Culture of Militarism; the impact of gaming on education in Mind Games – The Power of Video Gaming; and even the marketing potential of Virtual Reality in Infinite Reality with Jeremy Bailenson (part of the Stanford Executive Briefings Series).

If you are looking for historical perspectives on gaming than click over to Hoopla where you can learn about the history of gaming with the documentary Gameplay: The Story Of The Videogame Revolution.  Learn if the myth of the buried ET games is true and about the demise of Atari with Atari: Game Over.

Whether you agree or disagree with the perspectives in these documentaries, they open up important conversations about the future of gaming and how it will impact our lives.

And if you want to check out a new game, stop by the Hoboken Public Library where you can borrow everything from Super Mario Maker for the Wii U to Call of Duty WWII and God of War for the Playstation 4.

Written by
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

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