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Today I picked up Infamous 2 at my local library, but I noticed that they had Skyrim and even Modern Warfare 3 available in their collection. The movie collections also seem fairly current with War Horse and The Iron Lady being on the list in addition to many other newer movies. Movies are in both Blu-ray and DVD format and have a 7 day lending period... plenty of time to watch a few movies! Video games are also on a 7 day loan period which is a little restrictive - but I did manage to play most of Assassin's Creed: Revelations within a week and provided no one else is on the waiting list, the game can be renewed. I noticed that other libraries seem to have a 3 week lending period for games... which I hope my own library might eventually consider - especially for games like Skyrim! I will certainly reserve and play the next Call of Duty game through the library rather than buying it though. I enjoy the single player campaigns, but don't as often play the multiplayer. The campaigns tend to be short - usually only around 8 hours or so - perfect for a library game!

The procedure for games was easy and painless. I looked through the catalog online, and used my library card to reserve Infamous 2 a few days ago. Today I got an email saying it was available for pickup so I simply walked down to my local library, looked on the "holds" shelf, found it, and checked it out. I looked on the shelves and saw many more games than they seem to have in the actual online catalog - though there was a heavy concentration on Wii games. I also checked out a DVD copy of "Due Date" - a movie I haven't seen as yet, but it was there on the shelves.

If you have games that you can't trade in or will only get a few dollars for them, consider donating them to your local library! My local library gratefully accepts donations and the pleasure of that game can then reach so many more people than it would for the few dollars you could get from a sale. If your local library doesn't have games available, then talk to them. Send an email and express an interest in the library if they carry games and point out that many other public libraries are starting to do so. Get involved in whatever way you can, even if it is adding gaming reviews or notes to the online database that most libraries now have for customer feedback about their content. Offer to help host a gaming event if you have the time. At the very least, check out your local libraries video game collection and borrow games, this helps to prove a need for this type of content in the public library system.

One of the problems with any lending library of games seems to be the range of consoles and the constant introduction of new consoles. A book purchase for a library lasts almost forever because people don't mind reading older books. My own local library still has an abundance of PS2 games in addition to Wii, PS3, PC and Xbox games. With the introduction of new consoles, many of these older games start to lose their value for a library. All the next generation consoles are coming out within the next couple of years, so game donations are doubly important in helping the library maintain a practical collection. With the increase of online passes, and the possibility that next gen consoles may not even allow for used games, the very idea of public libraries carrying video games is in danger. Do what you can to help support the concept.

Some may find it interesting that I support the public library lending video games for free, but don't support piracy. I should note that there is a huge difference. While both options allow gamers to play games for free, the library option only allows 1 person to play per copy of the game. The library pays for the game and successive people can play the game. With piracy, one person buys the game, but then hundreds or thousands of people can all play that one game simultaneously. The library has a time constraint and people have to give the game back to the library for the next patron to play the game. With piracy, everybody gets to keep their copy of the game and there are no time constraints. Borrowing a video game from the library is nothing even remotely close to piracy... and it's also entirely legal!

Video games in the public library system allow many more people to enjoy games that they might not otherwise be able to afford. Games do often have stories, they do have lessons to learn. Many video games also have books based in those gaming worlds, which might encourage more people to read. There are books available for the Halo universe, for Assassin's Creed, Dead Space, Gears of War, Mass Effect, Elder Scrolls, The Legend of Zelda and many, many others. We live in a digital age and it's nice to see that some libraries are trying to stay current... and now that I've found out my local library carries games, I'll certainly be a more regular customer.

Free books and audio books... downloaded to your device. Free Video games. Free DVD and blu-ray movies. Free music CD's. Yeah, it all might be at your local library too!

... and now I'm gonna go play Infamous 2!
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About Elsaone of us since 2:27 PM on 01.25.2009

I'm 55 years old. I'm female, a cancer survivor, happily married, and retired from the work force... and I spend way too much time gaming. I enjoy long walks on the beach, with a gun, sometimes with my husband - shooting n00bs.
I not only like to shoot people, I also enjoy cooking and crafting. Mostly I make my own armor in games like Skyrim and cook my own potions after a busy day of hacking and slashing my way through various critters, guards and bandits in most any WRPG game.

If you're into a threesome or foursome with a mature couple, then come join us - only be sure to bring a med kit. We're old, sometimes we fall down and can't get back up without some help!

PSN: Elsa
XBL: Elssa62
(I currently have an Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PSVita, a barely functioning PSP, and a variety of iOS/Android devices)

Recent Favorites:
MAG (over 2000 hours!)
Dragon's Dogma
Portal 1&2
Sacred 2
Demon Souls/Dark Souls
Bioshock series
Elder Scrolls Series (Oblivion and Skyrim)
Fallout series
Tomb Raider series
Dragon Age series
Resistance series
Killzone Series
Left 4 Dead 2
Mass Effect Series
Far Cry Series
Destiny (strangely addicting)

Some blogs I wrote that I like:

Fun Facts about Females
Casting Call: Chester the Skeleton
Help, Help! I'm being repressed
Girls with Guns
Guess the Gender
A Girl's Guide to FPS Gaming
Me and My Chainmail Bikini...
Adopt a Troll!
Fanboy Wars - the game!
Me and my digital dick
Invisibility of the older woman
Feminist Frequency and Relevance

Some of my Promoted C-Blogs:
Undies and a Knife
He dumped me! That Bastard!
Love/Hate: Being a Girl Gamer
The Future: The Year is 2029
My Expertise: Leader of Men
The Great Escape: From Physical Pain
More than Just Noise: Boom Headshot!
2010 Sucked: Game Addiction Issues
Technical Difficulties: He teabagged me!

Email: exrecruiter.at.msn.com


Xbox LIVE:Elssa62


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