Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Introducing : Our Pilot Video Game Collection

Starting Small with Wii and PS3
Over the course of the last several years, we've been asked if the library had any intention to develop a video game collection to replace the CD-ROM games of yore. If you remember that collection, circulating games ran on MS Windows 95 machines and were jazzy in their day...

After much conversation with parents, families, and those who enjoy both book and media collections, we've taken the hint and started a very small collection playable on one or the other of two most popular platforms : Wii or Playstation 3.

Pilot Program : How It Works
Our pilot program collection was introduced yesterday (with no advance promotion) and includes about a dozen games. By end December 2010 the pilot collection will include about 40 games, based on popularity and our highest peak vendor discount cost. The majority of start up collection titles will be rated E (Everyone) or E 10+ (Everyone 10+) but will also include T-rated titles (Ages 13 and over).

Games will be temporarily shelved at the front desk and must be checked out on an adult card; limit one at a time per family. Game videos will circulate for a very liberal 14 days to help you figure out how to master the game!

With you, we'll review how the pilot goes along the way. As you might imagine, our greatest concern is how the materials will hold up. If you enjoy the games, please handle them with care and as always, we welcome your input and recommendations.