Category Archives: video game

New Super Mario Bros. 2

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This is a classic Mario game. Players complete levels to advance through worlds and those who are familiar with the Mario cannon will recognize the underground world, water world and all the others that we’ve come to know over the years. Even better is that the raccoon suit is back, so Mario and Luigi can once more take flight to discover hidden worlds. Other specials include the traditional fireflower, the new gold suit, and the giant mushroom. Using your wifi network you can play two player mode and team up to defeat Bowser and rescue the Princess from the next castle. What’s more is that this game boasts a million coins and tracks your coin collection through the whole game. Can you collect them all?

Genre

handheld device, side scrolling, mario, raccoon mario, luigi

Curriculum Ties

n/a

Reading Level/Interest Age 

All ages

Challenge Issues

This game is pretty silly and fun, there isn’t any gore and honestly can’t think of any reason why a parent would object to their kid playing it, unless they didn’t want their kid to be playing video games at all, in which case they need to talk to their kid about appropriate choices at the library.

Reason for Inclusion

This is a great game anyone could enjoy. I tried to keep the game selections pretty general because I think that the ones specifically marketed to teens can be kind of violent and I didn’t want to have to play any first person shooters (they give me motion sickness).

Note: this is a handheld platform game and thereby less likely to be carried by an actual library. In the make believe world my library takes place in everyone totally has one so no worries.

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Sid Meier’s Civilization V

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A classic strategy game, Civ V allows users to play as leaders from throughout histroy: from Cleopatra to Chairman Moa. Each leader has different specialties, allowing your culture to develop with some advantages and disadvantages against other cultures. The game can be won in several ways, you can beat your opponents to outer space, nuclear arms, as well as using cultural influence to take over their territories and of course, good old fashioned war. Manage the intricacies of each of your cities, or leave it to the experts, it’s your choice! This game is great for any user who enjoys strategy and a challenge!

Genre

Video Game, Strategy

Curriculum Ties

history/imperialism

Reading Level/Interest Age 

 14+

Challenge Issues

This game has some violence, but is largely tame. Still users may be offended by some of the historical discussions within the game. We always urge users to choose items that are right for them. Users may request that items be reconsidered, but the board reserves the right to make a final decision after review. The library supports the ALA Bill of Rights and thus discourages censorship.

Reason for Inclusion

This game will appeal equally to young men and young women. It is fun, has varying degrees of difficulty, and has endless opportunity for play. 

 

Little Big Planet

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Little Big Planet 2: Special Edition. 2011. Playstation 3, Sony Entertainment.

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Sackboy, the main character pictured above, is back for an all new adventure in Little Big Planet 2. There are more costumes to dress your sackboy in, more puzzles to solve, more tools to design your own levels and more opportunities for creative online play than ever before. LBP2 is a visually stimulating wonderland where the opportunities never cease. You can play the game conventionally, straight through, using your SackBoy to save the world from the various enemies you face, or you can play online with other players to achieve goals and unlock worlds that you can’t manage alone. The game is completely customizable, you can actually design and build new levels and worlds for players all over the world to enjoy. Needless to say the only limitation is your imagination. That’s the best thing about this game, it’s not particularly violent or gory, it’s really nice to look at and it involves more than staying numbly at the television for hours, you actually get to use your brain– though it’s by no means required 

Curriculum Ties

n/a

Reading Level/Interest Age 

12+

Reason for inclusion

This is a game everyone will enjoy.