The Lawrence Public Library video game collection now features games for the Nintendo WII U system. While there are already a couple dozen titles available for checkout, only 9 of them are ESRB rated suitable for children. WII U games are not backward compatible to the older generation Nintendo Wii systems, so they are only playable on the WII U. The following are a couple recommendations that are ESRB rated E for Everyone. Read More..
Last post we talked about various Disney based games, but Disney isn’t the only movie company in the video game business. The Lawrence Public Library carries many games from different Dreamworks films, letting everyone in the family continue the fun through the more interactive video game medium. As usual, these games are ESRB Rated E for Everyone, and are suitable for anyone that can watch a PG rated film! Read More..
Along with having many titles related directly to movies, Disney is known for releasing many games borrowing characters from across multiple movies. If you’re looking for a way to take the magic from the movies to games, the following is a list of Disney-based video games. As usual, they are all rated E for Everyone meaning they are suitable for all ages. More info can be found on the ESRB rating system here. Read More..
When you’re able to compile a list based on video games that feature the growing of plants as part of their gameplay, it’s a testament to the wide array of games available for check out in the library’s collection. The following is a list of games for players with a green thumb, and in some cases an adventurous spirit. As usual they are all rated E for Everyone, so even the youngest of farmers can kill time until our cold weather permits outdoor gardening. More information on the ESRB rating system can be found here.
Now that we’ve survived the polar vortexes of winter, it’s time to celebrate with a dance party! Some of the video games available in the library’s catalog incorporate motion capture technology that are leaps and bounds more interactive than the Dance Dance Revolution-esque four-way step pads of the past. As usual, each game is ESRB rated E for Everyone, meaning even the youngest dancers can join the groove! In fact, a few of the games are catered specifically to younger age groups with Disney and Nickelodeon characters. More information on the ESRB is available here. Remember, the games listed need the Xbox Kinect or Playstation Move to function properly.
So you’re wondering if games are right for you or your child. Should you invest in the next generation of systems or, more importantly, the next generation of gamers? I endorse video games for what they are. But more importantly, I endorse video games for what they should be – what they teach, what they develop, what they become. I’d like to make a case for the playing of video games and in doing so reveal a bit about myself. Read More..
If you haven’t checked it out yet, many popular franchises undergo a LEGO treatment as a cross promotion meant for the fans of popular movies and the popular building block toys. Many times the LEGO version tends to lend itself to being more kid friendly than the original work. Because of this, these games might be a nice building block Read More..
The following is a list of games that fall into three categories. First, they are all fairly new releases in prolific series in what most consider the video game canon. Second, they have all been received with near universal critical acclaim. And finally, they are all personal favorites of LPL staff member Philip who puts out these monthly recommendations Read More..
The release of the Xbox360/PS3/Wii generation of consoles marked a time when the video game industry was really attempting to try to redefine the video gaming experience. The Wii was designed for motion sensor capability on release, with the PS3 releasing the “Move” and XBox 360 releasing the “Kinect” shortly afterwards. Read More..
During the past console generation battle, there was an extremely conscientious effort by designers to produce games that reached groups that normally would never play video games. Part of this movement lead to huge variety in genres, even for some extremely niche audiences. For example, if your family is the type that likes to watch game shows Read More..