Does your library have video games? Should they?

#1 Posted by Giantkitty (808 posts) -

Does your library (you know that place with all those book thingies) have video games? Can you play them there? Should they have video games at all? Do you ever use your library to play in location or "check out" video games?

#2 Posted by brukaoru (5079 posts) -

I'm not sure, I haven't gone to the library in years. I think they should have videogames though, I don't see why they shouldn't.

#3 Posted by lvl10Wizard (326 posts) -

My local library doesn't have games. I'm not sure whether it's an issue of perceived cultural importance or merely lack of shelf space but it'd be great to get library prices for game rentals.

#4 Posted by MattyFTM (14432 posts) -

Not here at university, but back home, yeah. It's a bargain too. It's £2.20 for 1 week on all games. Most proper rental places like blockbuster will charge around £4-5 for 2 or 3 days for the latest releases, they'll only get close to £2.20 for 1 week on the oldest games that you can buy for around £5 a anyway. The library obviously don't have the huge selection, but they do quite often get new releases in, and through all of the libraries in the area they probably have pretty much any game you want, so I can just use the inter-library loan service to order it in from another library in the area. You have to wait for up to a week for it, and pay a 50p service charge, but it's still a bargain.

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#5 Posted by Linkyshinks (9880 posts) -

I have not used a public library in years so would not know.

#6 Edited by banned8921 (1246 posts) -

I think itd be funny to see devs get pissed that there games are getting played for free lol. But I dont think games should be in libraries I dont even think fiction should be in libraries it pisses me off every time I go to the library theres more fiction than nonfiction and if I want to study something I have to sort through fiction books.

#7 Posted by lvl10Wizard (326 posts) -
Levio91 said:
"I think itd be funny to see devs get pissed that there games are getting played for free lol. But I dont think games should be in libraries I dont even think fiction should be in libraries it pisses me off every time I go to the library theres more fiction than nonfiction and if I want to study something I have to look through fiction books."

Use a university library if you want to study something other than fiction.
#8 Posted by BoG (5192 posts) -

When I think of the things libraries have besides books, it is limited to a few select movies. The movies they carry are either family movies that everyone loves, or the all time classics like Citizen Kane or the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. When it comes to movies that are R rated, they must be classics, and not overly inappropriate, such as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. When it comes to games, I'd assume it would have to be a similar setup, but I can't think of many top tier M rated games that fall into that "toned down" R rating category. Perhaps Metal Gear Solid? Anyways, I hope that society can soon accept games as a valuable art form, so libraries may soon have games.

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