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The Video Game Librarian is a site for librarians that will offer tips and resources on how games can be integrated into your library. You’ve come to the right place if you’ve ever wondered how the ESRB works, wanted help building a core collection, or need to know how to put on a game tournament. The site will also host a weekly roundup of the latest game releases and industry news, as well as a catalog of game-related books to help your patrons dive deeper into the history of games. Continue reading

This Week’s New Releases + Game News: August 24, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is LBX: Little Battlers Experience, yet another “teens force tiny creatures to do battle” game from Japan. Developed by Level-5 and published by Nintendo, the 3DS title is based on the popular manga and anime series also created by Level-5. In the game, a group of kids create tiny palm-sized robots that do battle in slightly less-tiny arenas.

Other New Retail Releases

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: August 17, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Toy Soldiers: War Chest (PC, PS4, Xbox One), the third game in Signal’s popular tower defense/strategy series. This time, four fictional toy armies will do battle with iconic characters from He-Man: Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed II.

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: August 10, 2015

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Rare Replay, a compilation for the Xbox One that covers the extensive history of Rare. As a developer, Rare was at the top of their game in the late 90s, and this collection includes all of their biggest hits (minus the Nintendo-published titles, of course). It’s perfect for anyone looking to relive the glory days of the NES, Super NES, and Nintendo 64.

Other New Retail Releases

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight (3DS)

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: August 3, 2015

New Retail Releases
There’s no Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week this week as I’m pretty unfamiliar with all of these games.

Other New Retail Releases

  • Lost Dimension is the latest tactical RPG from Atlus. Set to be released for the PS3 and Vita, Lost Dimension asks players to join the ranks of SEALED, “eleven psychics with superhuman abilities,” who are doing battle with The End. But watch out, at least one of those psychics is a traitor!
  • Legend of Kay Anniversary resurrects the ten-year-old PS2 game for a new generation of players on the PS4 and Wii U. This new version of the game has received a graphical makeover, but the cat is still kung fu fighting.
  • Finally this week, Arc System Works’s latest fighting game, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, will be released for the Vita.

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: July 27, 2015

New Retail Releases
vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (PS4 and Xbox One). Originally released as a download-only game back in May, The Old Blood is a budget-priced prequel to last year’s excellent Wolfenstein: The New Order. The game brings protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz back to the frontlines of World War II where he’ll have to do battle with a horde of Nazi Zombies and other mutated monsters.

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: July 20, 2015

New Retail Releases
vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (PS4, Xbox One). The first golf game from EA Sports not to feature Tiger Woods on the cover in almost 20 years, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour will combine a traditional golf simulation with a variety of fantasy courses.

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: July 13, 2015

New Retail Releases
There aren’t any new retail releases to talk about this week, but several publishers brought big announcement to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and you can read all about them below.

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How to Build a Quality Circulating Game Collection in 5 Minutes

Minute 1… Choose Your Platforms
Dozens of video game platforms have been released since the 1970s, though only a handful are active at a time. Personally, I think supporting as many platforms as possible is the best course of action, but that’s not always possible. If you are forced to limit the number of platforms in your collection, the best way to choose is to go directly to your patrons and ask them what platforms they’d like to see on the library shelves.

Minute 2… Visit Metacritic
Metacritic is a review aggreagator that averages together hundreds of reviews to produce a “Metascore” for every game. While not perfect, the “Metascore” is a reasonable approximation of the overall critical consensus for every game. So point your mouse here and get to it: Metacritic.

Minute 3… Make a List of the Top 10 Titles on Each Platform You Chose
Metacritic also provides a list of the top-ranked titles on each platform broken down further into a “games released in the past 90 days” list and an “all time” list. Cruising down each list and pulling out the top ten for every platform you want to collect. This process will give you a wide selection of games that covers multiple genres and player preferences. Basically, you’re picking a little something for everything.

Minute 4… Order the Games on Your List
You’ve picked your games, so it’s time to do it, hit that “Buy” button.

Minute 5… Bask in a Job Well Done
Obviously, there’s more to building a game collection than all this. But this process will give you a good base collection that you can then supplement in the future with additional titles. Like the ones I select every week as “The Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week.”