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Video Games Programs for Libraries: What to Buy?

Video Games at the Libraries

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Collection Ideas 2015 - 2017

What to Buy

Alot of the games recommended below are available across consoles, some are exclusive to one console.
You will have to decide what to offer, depending on your audience, budget and mission.
Playstation 4, XBOX One and Wii U are current gen. Some are announced but not available (within 1-2 years).
Games for these consoles are not backward compatible.
For the latest games and reviews see Metacritic (aggregate website)

American Libraries Article 2013

Serving Players Through Selection

Programs: What can I do with a Playstation 4 or XBOX One?

  • Both require an HDTV or HD Projector, be on the cutting edge for years to come!
  • Use Disney Infinity or Skylanders for a program. They both use plastic characters and a 'portal' to project the characters into the game. One player at a time but the others will watch and take turns.
  • Take turns playing or watch the games being played. Have popcorn (instead of stale movie nights).
  • Dance with PS4 and Just Dance (uses phone as camera)
  • Trivia with digital "You Don't Know Jack"
  • Guitar Hero and Rock Band are making a comeback in 2015
  • Have tournaments with sports games (Madden Football)
  • Watch Blu-Ray movies
  • Load demos of games on it and leave it out for anyone to try
  • Record your game session and post a channel to Twitch TV
  • Minecraft Challenges or free build

Programs: What Can I do with a Laptop

1. Install Steam and play Stanley Parable, Portal 2, Gone Home, Walking Dead, Nancy Drew and about 3000 other games! There are alot that you can play as a group by connecting your laptop to a TV/Projector (blue VGA or HDMI cable required).

2. Watch walkthrough YouTube Videos

3. Buy gaming rigs or laptops at Alienware for your YA area

4. League of Legends can be installed for 16+ age group

Cool Media from E3

Circulating Collection Playstation 4

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  1. Kingdom Hearts 3
  2. No Man’s Sky
  3. Dark Souls 2
  4. Batman Arkham Knight
  5. Uncharted 4
  6. Deus Ex
  7. Final Fantasy X HD
  8. Shadow of Mordor
  9. The Last of Us
  10. Dragon Age: Inquisition
  11. Until Dawn
  12. Witcher 3
  13. Minecraft
  14. Fallout 4
  15. Madden 16
  16. Star Wars Battlefront
  17. Uncharted  4
  18. Call of Duty Black Ops 3
  19. Final Fantasy XV
  20. NBA2K16
  21. Assassins Creed Unity
  22. Grand Theft Auto 5
  23. Lego Jurassic World
  24. Lego Marvel Heroes
  25. Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain
  26. The Last Guardian
  27. Farcry 4

Circulating Collection XBOX One


  1. Rare Replay
  2. Doom
  3. Madden 16
  4. Rainbow Six: Siege
  5. Fallout 4
  6. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  7. Star Wars Battlefront
  8. Destiny
  9. Batman Arkham Knight
  10. PGA Tour
  11. FIFA 16
  12. HALO 5
  13. Dishonored 2
  14. Metal Gear Solid The Phantom Pain
  15. Grand Theft Auto 5
  16. Assassins Creed Syndicate
  17. The Division
  18. HALO
  19. Forza 6
  20. Call of Duty Black Ops 3
  21. Minecraft

Circulating Collection WII U

  1. Lego Jurassic park
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. Super Mario 3D World
  4. Splatoon
  5. Mario Party 10
  6. Super Smash Brothers
  7. Legend of Zelda Wind Waker remastered
  8. Super Mario Maker