2017’s Game of the Year Winners (Updated 1/13/18)

When searching for games to add to your collection, it’s always good to check-in with the five major industry award shows. The following games received “Game of the Year” honors in 2017:

    The Game Awards: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    GDC Awards: TBA – Nominees Announced
    DICE Awards: TBA – Nominees Announced
    SXSW Gaming Awards: TBA
    BAFTA Games Awards: TBA

A complete list of all winners and nominees can be found below. Continue reading

Ready Player One Read-Alikes @ Teen Services Underground

I think it’s fair to say that Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is absolutely one of the most popular novels about video games. And with a Spielberg-directed film adaptation scheduled to open on March 30, there’s likely going to be renewed interest in the book over the next few months.

Thankfully, Pamela Penza of Teen Services Underground has put together a Read-Alikes guide for fans of Ready Player One:

The cinematic adaptation of Ernest Cline’s popular novel Ready Player One releases in theaters on March 30. We all know what that means–everyone will want a copy of the novel, and none of them will be available. To cheer up dejected teens, try offering one of these titles.

Pamela’s picks include Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, The Eye of Minds by James Dashner, Warcross by Marie Lu, and and a few others.

Best Games of 2017 @ Library Journal

The new gaming columnists at Library Journal have published a look at some of their favorite games of the year:

LJ’s new gaming columnists have chosen their favorite games of the year. The titles include board games, video games, and a mobile title that will appeal to a wide range of patrons with differing interests and experience.

In addition to several board games, Bungie’s Destiny 2 and Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp were picked as two of Library Journal’s favorite video games from 2017.