Pokemon Go Battle Map for Libraries @ International Games Day Blog

pokemongoPokemon Go has become one of the most popular mobile apps of all time, so it’s not surprising that the American Library Association is making it a big part of this year’s International Games Day @ Your Library.

Over at the ALA’s International Games Day @ Your Library Blog, they’ve created a Pokemon Go Battle Map for Libraries, so librarians can report which of the game’s three teams (Mystic, Valor, or Instinct) currently control the Gym closest to their library:

As part of the fun activities of this year’s IGD, we are hosting a Library Pokemon Battle Map which shows team leadership at gyms at libraries all over the world. Librarians can report which Pokemon Team is in control of their library’s Pokemon Gym using the Pokemon battle form. Once you have entered your library’s information, you will have the option to edit the form to update the information as it changes each day or as often as you would like.

It’s a fun idea to add a little bit more competition to the game, especially on this year’s International Games Day @ Your Library, which will be held on Saturday, November 19.

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Preview of New Game Consoles and Peripherals Set to Launch in Fall 2016 @ School Library Journal

nesclassiceditionAre you up-to-date on the new video game hardware and add-on peripherals that’ll be available this Fall? Microsoft will release an update to their Xbox One console this Summer, while Sony will unleash their highly-anticipated PlayStation VR headset in October. Nintendo is also in the thick of things, and they’re technically going back in time to release the NES Classic Edition, a microconsole pre-loaded with 30 favorites from the NES.

Teen Librarian Alanna Graves recently looked into each new piece of hardware for School Library Journal’s Teen Librarian Toolbox:

This year is a big year for video games. Pokemon Go is sweeping the nation, and there is new hardware being released for the Big 3 consoles: Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo within the next 12 months. Many libraries are still circulating older console games for Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii, and justifiably so since many patrons have yet to make the jump. So, what does all this new hardware mean for libraries?

For libraries that already have a PS4, the PlayStation VR could offer a virtual reality experience at a cheaper price, while Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition would be great for “Retro Night” programs.

This Week’s New Releases + Game News: July 25, 2016

Every publisher took the week off, so there’s no Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week this week. But there’s plenty of news from Comic-Con available after the break.

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Nintendo Will Publish an Official NES History Book This November

playingwithpowerAre you hoping to find an NES Classic Edition under the Christmas tree this December? If so, you might also want to ask Santa for Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics, an official guide to the NES published by Prima Games and created in collaboration with Nintendo.

Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics will be released on November 18, and it’s packed with a ton of retro-tastic touches for patrons interested in the history of video games:

  • Exclusive embossed slipcase holds this hardcover tome in a clever package that resembles a classic NES Game Pak!
  • A fascinating retrospective on 17 NES classics… including Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda!
  • Interviews and commentary from Nintendo visionaries who pioneered this era of gaming.
  • A showcase of vintage advertising and priceless excerpts from Nintendo Power magazine back issues!
  • Plus hand-drawn maps, character and game environment art, and much more!

How-To Guide for Hosting a Hearthstone Tournament @ International Games Day Blog

hearthstoneHearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a very popular Online Collectible Card Game (CCG) that’s based on Blizzard’s equally popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. Like Magic: The Gathering, another popular CCG, Hearthstone is built for tournament play and it’s actually very easy to set up a local tournament in your library.

How easy is it? The ALA’s International Games Day @ Your Library blog recently posted a How-To Guide to help any librarians who are interested in setting up their own tournaments:

Hearthstone is a free-to-play digital collectible card game based on the popular game “World of Warcraft”. The game itself is fairly simple to play but has a lot of strategic depth which has made it quite popular as a competitive game. Running a tournament for Hearthstone may at first seem like a daunting challenge but is actually rather accessible for even the least experienced of tournament organizers and can be done for little to no cost at all.

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VGL Review… Tumblestone

tumblestoneTumblestone, which I recently reviewed for Warp Zoned, is the best puzzle game to hit consoles and the PC in years. If your patrons are puzzle fans, consider it a must have for your collection.

And with an intense four-player battle mode, Tumblestone is also great fit for open gaming programs:

Developed by the Quantum Astrophysicists Guild, Tumblestone’s closest cousin in the puzzle genre is probably Bust-A-Move, a Bubble Bobble spinoff that rose to fame in the 90s. Like Bust-A-Move, Tumblestone players will run back and forth along the bottom of the well while rows of blocks loom above. But instead of connecting three similarly-colored circles, Tumblestone players will attempt to clear the board by shooting three matching blocks in a row.

Tumblestone is now available to download for the PC, Wii U, and Xbox One. If you own an Xbox One, and you’re an Xbox Gold subscriber, it’s also available as a free download through August 15.

Tumblestone will also be available to download for the PS3, PS4, and Vita later this month, and a disc version will be released for the PS4 and Wii U in August.

This Week’s New Releases + Game News: July 18, 2016

vgl-pickThe Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is Monster Hunter Generations, a monster hunting game for the 3DS from Capcom.

The Monster Hunter franchise got its more than a decade ago, and since then, its built a small, but loyal, following among gamers. The latest entry in the series, Monster Hunter Generations, will add new customization options and a new crop of monstrous bosses.

A few other new releases should also be on your radar this week. That includes Songs of the Deep (PC, PS4, Xbox One), a side-scrolling “MetroidVania” from Insomniac Games and exclusively available at GameStop, that follows a young girl who goes under the sea to rescue her missing father. Also of note is Resident Evil 5, a PS4/Xbox One re-release of the popular co-op title; and Ghostbusters (PC, PS4, Xbox One), a tie-in game partly based on the new movie.

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How to Make Your Library a PokeStop in Pokemon Go

pokemongoWhile many libraries are listed as PokeStops or Gyms in Pokemon Go, not every one is. However, if you want to add your library to the game, developer Niantic has set up a simple procedure to make the request…

1. Go to the Pokemon Go Support page on Niantic’s website.

2. Select “How do I create a new PokeStop or Gym” under the “Submit a Request” drop-down.

3. Fill out the rest of the form with your library’s information.

Due to the overwhelming number of requests that Niantic receives from this form, the option to add a PokeStop or Gym won’t always be available on the Pokemon Go Support page. But keep checking back and eventually you’ll get your chance.

If you want to remove your library as a PokeStop or Gym from the game, or there’s a problem with a PokeStop or Gym near your library, Niantic has set up a separate form on the Pokemon Go Support page.

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