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NYPLarcade: Game Design Books at the Library

Whatever your age or interests, the library can point you to great books and resources for designing your own games.Read More ›

NYPLarcade: Spring 2016

NYPLarcade is an opportunity to play, watch, and discuss independent, experimental, and thought-provoking games in a library setting. Think of it as a book club, but for video games.Read More ›

NYPLarcade: International Games Day 2015

Saturday, November 21 is International Games Day, an annual event to encourage play and games at libraries all over the world. We will be celebrating IGD 2015 with games and coding for all ages, click for the full schedule!Read More ›

NYPLarcade: First Person Games

NYPLarcade is an opportunity to play, watch, and discuss independent, experimental, and thought-provoking games in a library setting. Our fall series will take place at Mid-Manhattan Library and focuses on games utilizing the first-person perspective.Read More ›

Gamer Books to Read While You Wait for Armada

Put Armada on hold, and then come back and check out five other gamer books.Read More ›

Thursdays at M'berg: Teen Programs at Muhlenberg

You spoke and we listened! Thank you for taking the time to complete the surveys and give your feedback. Join us each Thursday for TEENS ONLY programs.Read More ›

Youth Game Design Workshop at the Bronx Library Center

On February 12, the Bronx Library Center will be hosting the Youth Game Design Workshop.Read More ›

Best Video Game Soundtracks of 2014

2014 was a banner year for great video game soundtracks. Below are ten of the best, all of which are available to stream or download for free!Read More ›

NYPLarcade Teen: Metroidvania Games

NYPLarcade Teen is an opportunity to play, watch, and discuss independent, experimental, and thought-provoking games in a library setting. Think of it as a book club, but for video games. This fall at Muhlenberg Library we will be exploring the world of metroidvania-style video games.Read More ›

NYPLarcade: Ghost Games

NYPLarcade is an opportunity to play, watch, and discuss independent, experimental, and thought-provoking games in a library setting. Think of it as a book club, but for video games.Read More ›

NYPLarcade Teen: Sportsfriends

NYPLarcade Teen is an opportunity for teens to play, watch, and discuss independent, experimental, and thought-provoking games in a library setting.Read More ›

Historical Maps in Minecraft

At a recent internal hacking event here, NYPL Labs developer Paul Beaudoin recruited me into an interesting project: transforming one of the library's 20,000 digitized historical maps into the three-dimensional world of the building game Minecraft.

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NYPLarcade Teen: Local Multiplayer Games

NYPLarcade Teen is an opportunity for teens to play, watch, and discuss independent, experimental, and thought-provoking games in a library setting. Think of it as a book club, but for video games. Our second series at Muhlenberg Library focuses on the rise of local multiplayer games.

As social networks, mobile devices, and always-online consoles have popularized gaming virtually with others, there has recently been a movement towards designing games which rely on face-to-face interaction.

This series will highlight recent, 

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NYPLarcade: International Games Day 2013

This year's International Games Day takes place on Saturday, November 16. All over the world, libraries will be celebrating the annual event by inviting patrons of all ages to come in and play games together.

At Muhlenberg Library, we will be hosting a special Double Fine edition of IGD 2013 with a curated selection of video games for ages 12 and up as well as board games for the whole family throughout the day. The event is FREE and takes place between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. See the full schedule 

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NYPLarcade Teen: Spooky Action Roguelikes

NYPLarcade Teen is an opportunity for teens to play, watch, and discuss independent, experimental, and thought-provoking games in a library setting. Think of it as a book club, but for video games. Our first series at Muhlenberg Library will focus on the roguelike genre.

The name "roguelike" comes from the 1980 dungeon crawler Rogue, which was developed for Unix, had procedurally-generated levels, and inspired other classics like Hack and Nethack. The general features are: permadeath (the player only has one 

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NYPLarcade Spec Ops: The Line

Developed by Yager and published by 2K Games, Spec Ops: The Line (2012) has been one of the most-discussed video games of the past year.

Edge Magazine calls it "one of the most subversive shooters yet made" and notes: “It may not be subtle, but it engages with problems that the bellicose ilk of Modern Warfare and Medal of Honor have yet to acknowledge."

Despite mixed critical response and

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Transmissions from the Timothy Leary Papers: Keith Haring Makes a Mind Movie

In the process of imaging digital material from the Timothy Leary papers, my eyes have scanned some curious documents, but sometimes the most intriguing files are the ones I can't read. Timothy Leary collaborated with a number of celebrities on projects during his years of freelancing. One of the celebrities that left his mark on the Leary papers is Keith Haring.

Among the box load of disks, a few are tantalizingly inscribed "Drink me" and "Love, Keith" with a paint marker. 

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Basketball Season is Here!

It's that time of year again! The 2012-2013 professional and college basketball seasons are in full swing. And, of course, the Bronx Library Center has you covered with plenty of resources to elevate your sports IQ. Come check out a biography of your favorite ball player and learn about the lives of NBA legends like Jerry West, Larry Bird,

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NYPLarcade 2012 Video Game Showcase

As we come to the close of another year, I always look forward to the "best of" lists and discovering interesting games I may have missed. Over the next several weeks, NYPLarcade will be showcasing six video game titles from 2012, which were not covered in our other game series this year: Jenova Chen, Horror Games, and International Games Day (Music Games).

What is a game series? Think of it as a film series, but for video 

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NYPLarcade: International Games Day 2012

On Saturday, November 3, libraries all over the world will celebrate International Games Day by playing games. This year, at Mid-Manhattan Library, we'll have a variety of board games as well as a special line up of music video games from 2012 in Room 101 from 1-5 p.m.

Dyad (2012)

Hand-selected by NYPLarcade, we will be playing a different game each hour. Come play, watch, and talk about these unique music titles. No prior gaming experience 

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