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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: 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.”

This Week’s New Releases + Game News: July 6, 2015

New Retail Releases
vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Xbox 360). Originally released for the PS2 in 2004, Rockstar created a special anniversary edition for the Xbox 360 in 2014 that was previously only available through the Xbox Games Store. That version of their gangland classic, which is more or less unchanged from the PS2 original, is now available as a retail disc. And anyone interested in game preservation should be interested in picking up a copy.

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: June 29, 2015

New Retail Releases
vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One), the finale of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham. Following up on the critically-acclaimed (and very popular) Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, Arkham Knight follows Batman as he battles an army of supervillains led by Scarecrow.

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: June 22, 2015

The video game industry’s annual showcase of what’s next, the E3 Expo, took place last week in Los Angeles. Be sure to continue reading for the inside scoop on everything that’s in the works at all the major (and minor) game producers… organized alphabetically by title.

New Retail Releases
vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Payday 2: Crimewave Edition (PS4, Xbox One), more or less by default. Game publishers typically avoid releasing new titles during the E3 Expo and Overkill’s cooperative heist sim was this week’s only retail release. That said, its gotten great reviews and is a good choice for players looking for something different from the Call of Duty/Halo crowd.

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This Week’s New Releases + Game News: June 15, 2015

New Retail Releases
vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Lego Jurassic World (3DS, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One), a game adaptation of the four Jurassic Park films using Lego bricks. The “Lego _____” series has produced hit-after-hit and they’re popular with kids, families, and adults. Not only are the games in the series easy to pick up, but they’re often very funny too. The new film broke all sorts of box office records and I’ve got equally high hopes for the game.

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