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.

Fright Night Fun | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

Horror games may be some of the most fully realized narrative works in gaming, taking the experience of a ghost story, slasher thriller, or demon hunt to the next level. Players are no longer the passive observers of someone else’s frightful journey, they encounter the terror ­firsthand.

Diversity in Gaming | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

Games, gamers, and gaming often experience well-deserved criticism when it comes to a lack of diversity and ­inclusiveness. However, there has been some progress made.

Tournament Season, Part 2 | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

An awesome event can show patrons and staff how valuable gaming is for building a positive community. A regular game day—where you set up games and people come in to play—is great, but if you want to capture what makes gaming so special and get your local players excited, you’ll want to do a tournament.

Tournament Season, Part 1 | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

Summer is a great time for gaming programs. Kids are out of school, your patrons are probably accustomed to increased volume and activity, and the longer days mean you’ll get more foot traffic later in the day.

Gaming on the Go | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

Summer’s coming up, and with that will come patrons looking for audiobooks, beach reads, and other fun ways to spend time on the road and at their destinations. Games are a great addition to family travel. They allow for bonding and help everyone wind down at the end of the day.

Resist with Games | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

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

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

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

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

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.