Libraries Fast Becoming a Source for Video Games
Looking for a place to rent old video games for free? Apparently your local library may be your answer.
The Milford Daily News has an article today covering their local library, and how itâ€™s following an up and coming trend to give kids the opportunity to check out video games. Not bad, considering getting a library card is free.
â€œWe’re constantly thinking about how to get teenagers in to reach outside the traditional things we do,â€ Felicia Oti, the director of the Franklin library, said in the article.
Obviously, itâ€™s a hard notion for some libraries to grasp, being that books and traditional literature have been the central focus. But video game consultant Beth Gallaway thinks that all the necessary elements to place video games alongside literature are there.
“[Critics] aren’t recognizing that video games themselves are literary,” Gallaway said in the article. “I think in general we need to stop being format snobs.”
Gallaway said critical thinking, information finding, evaluation and organization of information, as well as utilization of that information are all part of video games. Games even follow the tradition structure of literary novels, with a story arc of characters with conflicts and plot resolution.
One might think of this as another example of video games being shoved in the direction of art.