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 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.

Multiplayer Games for the Switch @ Games In Libraries

Even though it’s been available for less than a year, the Nintendo Switch already has a huge catalog of exciting multiplayer titles. If you’re looking to add a Switch to your library programming schedule, the ALA’s Games In Libraries blog has created a list of the best multiplayer experiences on the console:

Since its launch, Nintendo’s newest console, the Switch, has seen an explosion in titles available. Many lend themselves well to multiplayer – here is a list of some particular recent standouts, around which a library could provide a good social gaming experience.

The list includes nine titles, and I’m a big fan of both Snipperclips Plus and Enter the Gungeon for multiplayer gaming.

And if you’re interested in cooperative multiplayer gaming, you might want to check out a similar list that was recently published by Inverse Genius’s Games in Schools and Libraries blog.

Cooperative Four-Player Video Games @ Inverse Genius

There’s nothing quite like cramming four people around a video game screen and expecting them all to cooperate. And wouldn’t you know, the people at Inverse Genius’s Games in Schools and Libraries blog agree:

Do your gamers want to work together instead of compete? Do they want a challenge that is going to take everyone give their all to overcome? Cooperative games have players working together as a team to overcome the computer or some set challenge. There are so many great cooperative games out there. Here’s a list of some of our favorites!

Their suggestions run through some of the best four-player cooperative games on the PC and consoles today, including Overcooked, Pac-Man 256, Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (a VGL favorite), and more.

The Top Ten Best Games Ever @ Library Journal

M. Brandon Robbins has decided to step down as the author behind Library Journal’s monthly “Games, Gamers, & Gaming” column. But before he left, Robbins published a retrospective look back at his personal picks for the “Top Ten Best Games Ever.”

So head over to the Library Journal‘s site to see why he picked what he picked…

For five years, I’ve been honored to talk to LJ’s readers about games, the people who play them, and how bringing gaming into the library can help connect with patrons. Now, the time has come to pass the joystick to others. For my final play, this is the article I’ve been wanting to write since the beginning: my picks for the top ten greatest video games ever made.

10. Frogger
9. Tetris
8. Super Mario Bros.
7. Halo: Combat Evolved
6. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
5. Batman: Arkham Asylum
4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
3. Half-Life 2
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
1. [SPOILERS! YOU’LL HAVE TO READ THE ARTICLE TO FIND OUT]

It’s a good selection of games. Tetris is a tad too low for my taste, but definitely a good list.

Best of Gamescom 2017 Winners Selected by Gamescom Committee

gamescomEvery year, Germany’s Digital Gaming Culture Foundation (Stiftung Digitale Spielekultur) supervises the Gamescom Committee, a small group of journalists who choose the best games that were present at the Gamescom expo. The Gamescom expo is held in the Summer, and serves as the European equivalent to the Los Angeles-based E3 Expo.

While most of these titles are still in development, you should keep them in mind when you add games to your collection this Fall and into 2018.

Super Mario Odyssey was named “Best of Gamescom,” and the full list of winners and nominees can be found below. Continue reading

Best of E3 2017 Winners Selected by Game Critics Awards

e3Every year, the Game Critics Awards, a collection of editors from more than 40 major publications that cover the video game industry, get together to choose the best games at the E3 Expo.

While all of these titles are still in development, you should keep them in mind when you add games to your collection this Fall and into 2018.

Super Mario Odyssey was named “Best of Show,” and the full list of winners and nominees can be found below. Continue reading