Library Seeks $300,000 to Build Game Collection

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anything that puts kids near a book is a good idea. i remember when my library started offering music cassettes and movies on vhs back in the late 80's, and it made me go more often to rent them for free and grab a book or two while i was there.
 

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May be the next thing the library will consider will be buying a french wines collection to attract even more readers?
 

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I never thought about how much I read while playing video games... How many lines of dialog are in a game like Final Fantasy 6-13? Even in 13 I have the subtitles on, the screen seems so empty even when there is a ton of action going on. We'll see if this takes off. I like the idea.
 

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Good to see someone is getting with the times, and redesigning there distribution model. If the mpaa and riaa would follow suit maybe they wouldnt have to worry about piracy
 

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lol.. I have a bad feeling where they'd start borrowing the disks and making copies of them for their home use. You'll also run into DRM issues with modern games. Library will also have a hard time keeping up as they'll need to build a min-cyber cafe with updated computers every once in 4 years or so.
 

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My library in Indiana has all sorts of games like Call of Juares, Crysis, War Craft 3, old Sierra Games like Kings Quest, and all sorts of those weird ones to like Celebrity Cooking. If you request a game they usually get it as well in about a month or two. I think it is great I love to check out a game and play it for a week or two with out having to spend anything. My library growing up had games too, both on 3.5" and 5" disks. This doesn't seem weird to me at all.
 
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well, if they really implement it, i will go to the library more :)

but how're they gonna get around those Double D issues? you know, DLC and DRM :)
 

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Games with limited installs cleary won't be used....

Prolly games with DRM similar to Oblivion, meaning Infinite installs, all you need is to have the disc.
 

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I can see the thinking behind this idea, I can even see where it might work. I feel a little sad for today's youth being bribed into a library. Getting lost in a good book (even some bad ones) is a great way to spend time. It is also a good work out for your brain. Kids, and some adults, don't know what they are missing out on.
 

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[citation][nom]Honis[/nom]I never thought about how much I read while playing video games... How many lines of dialog are in a game like Final Fantasy 6-13? Even in 13 I have the subtitles on, the screen seems so empty even when there is a ton of action going on. We'll see if this takes off. I like the idea.[/citation]
Maybe not such a good reference when considering the Japanese translation to English is a little sloppy in many areas of these games.
 

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[citation][nom]builderbobftw[/nom]Games with limited installs cleary won't be used....Prolly games with DRM similar to Oblivion, meaning Infinite installs, all you need is to have the disc.[/citation]

I'm sure that the library would have to purchase a certain license from the developer so that they're allowed to loan out these games and the DRM restrictions would likely be removed.
 

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I don't think libraries will have much of a problem loaning out MA rated games. The only reason they don't loan out "MA" books is because books don't have such labels. In fact from the people I know librarians are very much against censorship and very much for making information available to the public, even if that means non filtering porn sites on the public computers.

Just think: if books were treated the same way video games are by flipped-out parents and censor wannabes, libraries today would be a bit emptier.
 

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Ok I love this idea. If my library starts loaning games, I will personally donate some of my old games to the library. Gamestop pays crap for games anyway... Plus, I get to use the games that they are loaning out... :)
 
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