Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Party and Tournament Results

We held a party and Smash tournament on Saturday to celebrate our fifth anniversary of being open, as well as to highlight International Games Day @ Your Library. Both were well-attended, and the cupcakes predictably disappeared pretty quickly.

As promised, we'll post the winners of the Smash tournament here for official bragging rights. Congratulations to our top five winners, who won Amazon gift cards, and thanks to everyone who attended!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

CVGA Disassembled

Inside an Intellivision game console
Get a real inside look at the gaming systems housed in the Computer & Video Game Archive in "CVGA Disassembled," a new online exhibit created to help celebrate the CVGA's 5th Anniversary this week.

We've opened up some of our favorite game consoles of yesteryear to show off the guts and inside circuitry, as well as loving shots of the exteriors. In addition, visitors to the exhibit will learn about the history of these gaming systems as they step through the different generations of video games.

The exhibit is curated by CVGA manager Val Waldron, and was created with the assistance of current and former Learning & Teaching University Library Associates Alex Purcell, Adam Jazairi, and Maria Seiferle-Valencia.

"CVGA Disassembled" can be viewed online as part of the MLibrary Online Exhibits at http://www.lib.umich.edu/online-exhibits/exhibits/show/cvga-disassembled

Monday, November 11, 2013

CVGA Anniversary Week!

It's the CVGA 5th Anniversary Week! We have many fun, celebratory and hopefully illuminating events and activities scheduled:

Monday (today!): We kick off our week-long Classic Games Tournament. Show your mastery of classic video games by playing Dr. Mario, Sonic Blast, Double Dragon, Asteroids, and Paperboy. Prizes!

Tuesday: Join us at 4pm in the Hatcher Library Gallery for a panel discussion with U-M faculty in "Game On! Video Game Research & Teaching at the University of Michigan."

Wednesday: Our director Dave Carter will join AADL's Eli Neiberger in an appearance on the Comics Are Great podcast with host Jerzy Drozd in a talk about the intersection of comics & gaming.

Thursday: We debut our new online exhibition "CVGA Disassembled"

Saturday: Our big 5th Anniversary Bash! Join us at the CVGA from 1-5pm for food and fun and our Smash Tournament.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Top Games Played During the Month of October

Here is our most popular games list for the month of October. Soccer games dominate the board, with first-person shooters coming in a close second. People are also putting our new games to good use - FIFA 14 and Grand Theft Auto V. And Mariokart makes the list once more.

1. FIFA 14 (XBox 360)
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (XBox 360)
3. Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)
4. (tie) Madden NFL 25 (XBox 360)
4. (tie) FIFA Soccer 13 (XBox 360)
6. NBA 2K13 (XBox 360)
7. PES 2012 (PS3)
8. Dark Souls (PS3)
9. Mariokart Wii
10. Halo 4 (XBox 360)