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.

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.

Playing Stories | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, March 15, 2016

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Games are a dynamic storytelling medium: as personal or universal as the best books, as visually exciting as blockbuster movies, and as engaging as the most addictive TV series.

Looking Ahead | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, February 15, 2016

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More than any other entertainment industry, games and gaming evolve so quickly that it can be difficult to keep up with innovations. The only way to be aware of what’s fresh and new is to keep an eye on the horizon.

Star Wars Games | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, January 1, 2016

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Thankfully, Star Wars is one of the richest and most long-standing intellectual properties in pop culture, and its relationship with video games goes almost all the way back to the original 1977 movie.

Beyond Angry Birds

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Candy Crush and Angry Birds a great games, but they’re far from the only ones out there. The following are some great options that may be new to casual mobile gamers.

Batter Up! | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

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As a librarian, you can’t ignore sports games. The number of gamers who enjoy them may very well outnumber the fans of any other individual genre. In fact, “sports-only gamers” have always been a sizable chunk of the gaming world.

Games in Early Access | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, September 15, 2015

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Early Access makes enthusiastic gamers part of the development process and lets them support developers they trust and games in which they believe. Many games still in Early ­Access have experienced great success and built huge fan bases.

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, August 2015

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The Wild Hunt is one of the richest narrative experiences gamers will ever experience, capped off with challenging, rewarding combat and nearly endless game-play freedom.

Up Close with Brian Mayer | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, June 15, 2015

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In addition to being a lifelong fan of board games—his personal library numbers close to 700 games—Mayer, a 2015 LJ Mover & Shaker and gaming and library technologies specialist of the school library system of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, Le Roy, NY, is an award-­winning game designer.