Video Game Night @ The Library

 


About Video Game Night @ The Library
Video Game Night @ The Library is a club that meets every fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. in order to play and discuss video games. Additionally, we host Minecraft Night on certain Mondays from 6:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. These program are open to everyone, but patrons under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required due to the structure of certain sessions, and in order to assure that each patron is able to play for a satisfying amount of time.

We announce the ESRB rating for each game we feature. Patrons are not prohibited based on this rating, but parents are strongly encouraged to consider the rating before allowing younger patrons to attend.

Why Video Games?
Though a debate persists as to whether or not video games are an art form, they have long since been used by a new generation of content creators to weave new narratives and experiences, and as a result the medium’s relevance to literacy is becoming more and more irrefutable. Video Game Night @ The Library aims to provide a safe place for patrons to experience and discuss the medium of video games, allowing them to form ideas on what games they would like to create in the future and encouraging them to deconstruct and articulate what they like and do not like about a particular game; what works and what doesn’t.

Not only will the skills that Video Game Night @ The Library hopes to foster embolden our patrons futures in video game development or journalism, but they will also deepen the appreciation of all forms of literature and creativity.

Of course, Video Game Night @ The Library provides a safe place for patrons to build social skills by interacting with each other with the foundation of a common interest.

Upcoming Sessions
May 15th: Let’s Escape the Labyrinth! Minecraft (Let’s Explore) E
May 22nd: Let’s Play Psychonauts Let’s Play T
June 12th: Let’s Build a Giant Robot! Minecraft (Let’s Build) E
June 19th: Robot Build Competition Minecraft (Build Competition) E
June 26th: Poll (See Below) Let’s Play E
Video Game Reading List
Video Game Tie-in Novels
Title Author Tie-in Game Call #
Ascension Drew Karpyshyn Mass Effect 2 YASF MAS Check Availability
Deception William C. Dietz Mass Effect 2 YASF MAS Check Availability
The Icarus Effect James Swallow Deus Ex: Human Revolution YASF SWALLOW Check Availability
Rapture John Shirley Bioshock YASF SHIRLEY Check Availability
Retribution Drew Karpyshyn Mass Effect 2 YASF MAS Check Availability
Revelation Drew Karpyshyn Mass Effect 1 YASF MAS Check Availability
The Silver Eyes Scott Cawthon Five Nights at Freddy’s FIC CAWTHON Check Availability
 
Video Game Graphic Novels
Title Author Tie-in Game Call #
 
The Video Game Industry
Title Author Subject Call #


Past Poll Results
2016

  • “What do You Think Was the Best Game of 2016?”
    • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
    • Stardew Valley
    • Final Fantasy XV
    • Overwatch
    • Pokemon Sun/Moon
    • Owlboy
    • Dark Souls 3
    • Watchdogs 2
    • Firewatch
    • Dishonored 2
  • “What is Your Pokemon GO Team?”
    • Team Mystic
    • Team Valor
    • Team Instinct
  • “What game would you like to see featured in September?”
    • Undertale
    • The Talos Principle
    • Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze
    • Dokapon Kingdom
    • Civilization: Beyond Earth
  • “What game would you like to see featured in July?”
    • Undertale
    • The Talos Principle
    • Super Mario 3D World
    • Dokapon Kingdom
    • Portal/Portal 2
  • “Which is your favorite Mario game?”
    • Super Mario Brothers (NES)
    • Super Mario Brothers 3 (NES)
    • Super Mario Land 2 (Gameboy)
    • Super Mario World (SNES)
    • Super Mario 64 (N64)
    • Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
    • Super Mario 3D World (WiiU)
  • “Which of these characters would you have liked to have seen in Super Smash Brothers?”
    • Shovel Knight (Shovel Knight)
    • Phoenix Wright (Ace Attorney)
    • Beat (Jet Set Radio)
    • Nester (Nintendo Power)
    • Midna (Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess)
    • Simon Belmont (Castlevania)


Types of Sessions
Casual: Patrons play with no real rules or constrictions. Turn order is decided with cards.
Let’s Play: Patrons take turns play a game for 55 minutes, and use the remaining time to discuss the game.
Tournament: Patrons face off in a tournament with a set turn order.
Minecraft Night (Let’s Build):Patrons take turns building together.
Minecraft Night (Build Competition):Patrons take turns building in separate teams.
Minecraft Night (Let’s Explore): Patrons take turns exploring a pre-made map.
About ESRB Ratings
The Electronics Software Rating Board (ESRB) was created in 1994 in an effort to self regulate the video game industry in response to criticism over the accessibility of video games like Mortal Kombat and Night Trap. The rating board assess a game and gives it a rating indicating an appropriate audience as well the type of content that warrants restricting an audience.

Video Game Night @ The Library endeavors to feature games with the ratings of E (for Everyone), E10 (for everyone age 10 and up), and T (for ages 13 and up). We will also post the content listed by the ESRB.

Not all video games have an ESRB rating. When an unrated game is featured we will do our best to explain what rating the game should be considered to have and why.

For more information on the ESRB please follow this link to their homepage.


FAQ
What Video Games are the Library Able to Provide?
The library has access to the following games:
PC
  • Audiosurf No Rating
  • Bastion E10
  • Braid E10
  • Cave Story+ E10
  • Dear Esther No Rating
  • Duck Tales Remastered E
  • Gone Home M
  • Eldritch No Rating
  • Freedom Planet E10
  • Invisible, Inc T
  • Jet Set Radio T
  • La Mulana T
  • Legend of Grimrock No Rating
  • Legend of Grimrock II No Rating
  • Machinarium E10
  • Minecraft E10
  • Myst E
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch E10
  • Papers, Please No Rating
  • Portal T
  • Portal 2 E10
  • Psychonauts T
  • Riven E
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth E10
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization V E10
  • The Stanley Parable No Rating
  • The Talos Principle E10
  • Terraria T
  • To the Moon No Rating
  • Undertale No Rating
  • Universe Sandbox No Rating
  • Uru E
  • World of Goo E
 
Wii
  • Dokapon Kingdom E10
  • Mario Kart Wii E
  • Sonic Heroes E
  • Super Mario Galaxy E
  • Super Mario Sunshine E
  • Super Smash Brothers: Brawl T
  • Super Smash Brothers: Melee T
  • Wii Sports E
 
WiiU
  • Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze E
  • Dynamite Heady E
  • Kirby 64 E
  • Mario Kart 64 E
  • RiStar E
  • Super Mario 3D World E
  • Super Mario Brothers 3 E
  • Super Mario World E
  • Super Smash Brothers: WiiU E10
  • Star Fox 64 E
 
XBOX360
  • Fez E
  • Sonic Adventure 1 E10
  • Sonic Adventure 2 E10
  • Sonic CD E
  • Sonic Generations E
  • Sonic the Hedgehog E
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 E
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles E
 
*This list is organized by the platform the library can access the game on, not by what platform the game originally was released on
 
Will Game Night Ever Feature M Rated Games?
We intend to make Video Game Night @ The Library accessible to as many patrons as we can, so it is unlikely that a M rated game will be featured as it would be inappropriate for patrons under the age of 18.
 
When Can I Register?
You can register for Video Game Night @ The Library as soon as a session is announced.
 
Do I Need to Bring Anything?
No, the library will provide the games and the peripherals required to play, however, patrons are welcome to bring their own if they wish.