YA Video Game Programming
Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed
Super Mario 3D World
New Super Mario Bros U
The reality of platform changes leads us neatly to our other question, which came from Heather on Twitter:
We're about to start a video game collection. Do you think we should just go with the new systems?Both Michelle and I answered this question, which has recently become an issue with the release of the Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles. Our general consensus was that anyone beginning or continuing development for a new video game collection at their library should not disregard the earlier versions of gaming platforms.
— Heather Webb (@wl_heather) January 31, 2014
@wl_heather @helgagrace I agree with Anna. I would do the new and also one back, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii.Unfortunately, the new Xbox and Playstation consoles are not currently backward compatible (though PS4 will be, for a price) and therefore can not play games from earlier versions. The Wii U is backward compatible and can play Wii games. Thank you, Nintendo! It would be ideal if the next-gen models were backward compatible, so that patrons with the new consoles could play the older games we buy, but that's not how these companies make their money. Your patrons will be interested in borrowing games for the new consoles, but unless your library is in an extremely wealthy locale, it will be some time before the majority of your patrons are exclusively playing next-generation consoles.
— Michelle K (@michelleannlib) January 31, 2014
Late last year, I started adding Xbox One and Playstation 4 games to the library's collection by ordering duplicates of the most (projected to be) popular games for Xbox 360 and PS3 formats. If you're ordering new games for you library, continue buying last-generation games for the next several years, at least past the point where they are no longer manufacturing the most popular games in both formats. It was only recently that it was no longer possible for me to purchase Playstation 2 games new (a format some of my patrons still request and check out).
After a year, check the circulation of the PS3 vs. the PS4 version of the same game--assuming both stay in circulation--that may tell you something about what your patrons prefer. And whenever I have someone at the desk to place video game holds, I always ask them what they'd like to see in the collection.
Do you have any burning video game collection questions?