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Retro video games invade space at university libraries

“On the third floor of a University of Calgary building, a classic composition echoes through the halls, not Beethoven or Bach but Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. circa 1985.Old video games are disrupting the university’s ultramodern digital library.At universities across Canada, Super Mario Bros. and other games are infringing on Shakespeare’s turf, as games from the past begin to be studied as well as played.” (via CBC News)

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Fresno County library branches stop lending new video games, citing high costs

“Fresno County Public Library branches no longer will stock new video games on their shelves. Materials Handling Manager Terry Sterling said the decision to end a pilot program allowing members to check out video games came in January after the administration deemed it too costly. Games purchased during the program, which started about five years ago, will remain available for lending. “It’s like ‘The Neverending Story,’ ” Sterling said. “There was no way I could feed this beast enough to make it happy.” (via Fresno Bee)

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Beyond the book: Penn State Behrend’s Lilley Library adds video games

“On a shelf at the John M. Lilley Library, across from the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, is the unlikeliest of literary icons: Emperor Piglatine, an evil cartoon pig who can blow lightning out of his nose. Piglatine is the chief villain in “Angry Birds Star Wars,” a 2012 game developed for Sony’s PlayStation 3 system. The game is one of about 150 in the library’s video game collection – the first of its kind in the University. It’s shelved with titles for the Xbox One, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS platforms.” (via Penn State University)

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Library launches alternate reality game ahead of Comic-Con

“The Downtown Central Library is getting gamers geared up for Comic-Con in a unique way.  The public library has launched an alternate reality game that participants say is the perfect way to prepare for the upcoming four-day expo. “An alternate reality game is an interactive story that takes place in real time, in a real world setting such as here in Central Library, which involves players solving puzzles and perfuming activities,” said Erwin Magbanua, Special Events Librarian. Magbanua said the Central Library is one of just a handful of libraries across the country that has ever tried something like this.  The clues appear in email form and online as well as in the library.” (via KSWB)

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Champions of play: Boston-area libraries get in the game

“For some, the image of the public library is one of quiet spaces and dusty hardback books, but for a handful of Massachusetts librarians, the term evokes something quite different: The preservation of video games. >Four such librarians work within the Minuteman Library Network, a consortium of 43 public and college libraries in Metrowest. Their respective philosophies are unique, but they all agree that one of a library’s most sacred tasks is to archive cultural artifacts and video games – just like books, music, and film – fit that bill.” (via Boston.com)

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