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Pokémon in Syosset Library

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Pokémon have invaded Syosset Public Library. We are a poke stop!

 

A weedle was spotted at the children’s desk

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A wild pidgey was spotted in Teenspace

 

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A Rattata came out of the 3d printer!

 

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New Video Games to check out @ the Library

We keep adding to our popular video game collection here at the library. Here are a few of our latest titles added or to be added soon!

Need for Speed: The Run

With no speed limits, rules or allies available, only Jack’s determination and driving skills will keep him going in this heart-stopping race to get his life back. Thrills and excitement hide around every corner of this breakneck race across the country, but so do the police — and the men who want him dead. Evading these ruthless forces in one town won’t be enough. You must have the Need for Speed.

Batman Arkham City

Developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City, the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. The game features an unique combination of melee combat, stealth, investigative and speed-based challenge gameplay. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

Madden NFL 12

Madden NFL 12 continues the rich tradition of the storied franchise by bringing fans closer to the NFL than ever before. Featuring all 32 teams, stadiums, and your favorite players in the league, Madden NFL 12 is true to the game.

FIFA Soccer 12

FIFA Soccer 12 is the 19th game in Electronic Arts’ popular video game soccer series. Continuing with the franchise’s unique blend of realism and innovative features that bring the authenticity to the video game pitch that fans crave, FIFA Soccer 12 is an exciting title for longtime and existing fans of console sports gaming. Game features include: 500 officially licensed clubs and more than 15,000 players, improved self-awareness and aptitude of AI players, a redefined defending mechanism, more true-to-life injuries, precision dribbling and new commentary teams.

 

DC Universe Online

Enter the world of your favorite DC Comics’ superheroes and villains in DC Universe Online. Get ready to experience the high-energy action that encapsulates this fabled world, and become engrossed in thrilling battles with or against famed heroes and villains, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Joker.

We join our hero perched atop a granite gargoyle high above the city of Gotham. His eyes squint as he monitors the streets below, searching for crooked criminal conduct. From afar, he hears the alarm from Gotham National Bank and he dives from the darkness into the illumination of the streets. He soars through the canyon of skyscrapers, hearing the buzz of the citizens below that he has chosen to protect. He sees the bank is only a block away — just then a burst of red passes him to join in the fray. As the two heroes approach the crime scene, they hear the creepy cackling of The Joker. This will not be a run-of-the-mill fight for justice, but then again — what is, in the DC Universe?

 Descriptions from Amazon.com

 

 If you would like to suggest a video game for purchase, please contact me at splteens@syossetlibrary.org and we will look into it.

Enjoy!

Sharon Long

Teen Services Librarian

The Beatles Rock Band – video game review

*Now available at the library for the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 platforms.
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I must confess: as a long-time Beatles lover, I was absolutely thrilled when The Beatles Rock Band came out. In fact, it was the reason my husband and I purchased the Wii (he’s an even bigger Beatles fan than I am). We already knew the songs were great. The added graphics are amazing. The game begins during the band’s earliest days at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. Wanna play at Shea Stadium? At their last rooftop concert at Apple Studio? No problem, you’re there. It is a revolutionary tour of The Beatles’ music, career, and legacy. We are treated to added sound bites from their recording sessions that have never been released until now. They play these audio clips while you’re waiting for the songs to load and it’s a delightful way to wait – hearing John crack a joke or Paul chatting. Original members Paul McCartney and Ringo Star played a key role in approving the game, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison and all were there for the game’s unveiling this fall.
As for the game play itself – it is unique from other Rock Band and Guitar Hero games due to the addition of the 3-part harmonies. You can truly re-create the experience of singing with the Fab Four. (Of course, added microphones become a necessity, there’s always something…) The short pop songs of their early years are great for beginners and the longer, involved harmonies from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and beyond can challenge even the best “faux” musicians out there. The game includes 45 songs and additional songs are available for download including the songs from Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and the recently released Rubber Soul album.
I would also like to address the issue of the appropriateness of circulating and playing video games in a library. If this is only a stand-alone example of all that is RIGHT with videogames, so be it. You have, on a basic level, hand-eye coordination, and music and art appreciation (even if you are just watching the game and not playing it). There is history, pop culture and a positive shared experience that parents and kids can enjoy. It opens up future generations to appreciate the music of the Beatles. And – most importantly – you get to sing with the Beatles. How wrong could that be?
Check it out online:
http://www.thebeatlesrockband.com/
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian