M. Brandon Robbins

About M. Brandon Robbins

M. Brandon Robbins (mbrandon.robbins@gmail.com) is the Media Coordinator at Goldsboro High School in Goldsboro, NC. He's a member of the 2011 class of ALA Emerging Leaders.

Resist with Games | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

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If games are part of your library’s circulating media, then gamers might be among those looking for some distraction and understanding, and here are some games you could recommend.

Switching Things Up | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, February 15, 2017

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Last fall, Nintendo announced its new gaming console, the Switch. It hooks up to a television like all other gaming consoles, but it can also function as a mobile gaming device…. While cross-functionality between mobile and home consoles has been done before, never has a consistent game play experience been possible.

Best Media 2016: Video Games

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This year was a challenging year for games, gamers, and gaming everywhere, according to LJ’s gaming columnist M. Brandon Robbins. Some controversial releases that failed to deliver on developers’ promises cast a dark shadow on what would have otherwise been a stellar year. Fortunately, we still have a lot of great titles that came out in 2016, and they’re definite must-haves for your gaming collection. As you move into next year, be sure to pick up these essentials for your patrons to enjoy.

Looking Back at 2016 | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, November 15, 2016

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It’s been a big year in gaming: big surprises, big successes, and, unfortunately, some big disappointments. Let’s take a look back at the moments that made 2016 the incredible year for games, gamers, and gaming that it was.

Fun for the Whole Family | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, October 15, 2016

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Video games are a natural fit for family fun, but it’s not always easy to find games that are both suitable for kids and engaging enough for adults. Still, there are numerous all-ages-appropriate games out there with substantial game play.

The Future of Gaming | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, September 15, 2016

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While video game evolution has reached something of an equilibrium, there are still many places to go. Let’s take a look at what games, gamers, and gaming have to look forward to in the future.

Invest in the Classics | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, August 2016

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It is surprisingly easy to build a respectable stock of classic gaming hardware and software. Think of it as investing in a rare book and manuscript collection, or a vital local history resource. It’s all part of the library’s mission to preserve and disseminate information and media.

“Doom” Returns | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, June 15, 2016

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As game design technology grows more sophisticated, old favorites are reimagined with better developed stories, more robust graphics, and new gameplay mechanics. This gives us a chance to breathe new life into the games we love the most. The latest such franchise to get this treatment is Doom.

Delving into Dark Souls III | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, May 15, 2016

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Dark Souls III may scare away less practiced and casual gamers, but it is still an experience worth trying. This is a game that belongs in your collection and in your patrons’ hands.

Puzzle It Out | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, April 15, 2016

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The popularity of mobile games such as Angry Birds and Candy Crush has shown that simple-to-learn puzzle play can be a powerful tool for bringing video games to the masses.