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Heir Apparent, by Vivian Vande Velde

Posted on April 4th, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Gaming.

Fourteen-year-old Giannine decides to play the total immersion virtual reality game Heir Apparent, but while she’s in the game, the gaming center is sabotaged by protesters. Soon Giannine realizes that the only way out of the game is to win — or die in real life.

This is a great sci-fi adventure, not to mention a hilarious roundup of medieval fantasy characters, from Saint Bruce the Warrior Poet, to a ghost army, to wizards who don’t get along!

Check it out!


Heir Apparent cover



Inside a video game developer studio

Posted on March 21st, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Gaming, Technology.

Ever been curious what video game developers REALLY do? Check out this article from the BBC. The reporters meet the team from Climax who developed the game Ghost Rider for PS2, PSP, and Gameboy Advance.

See what the different job descriptions involve, from Lead Environment Artist to Lead Coder! Sounds like a great mix of artsy and geeky to me…

Ghost Rider graphic


Come to our DDR tournament TOMORROW!

Posted on March 8th, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Events, Gaming.

In honor of Teen Tech Week, we are having our second Dance Dance Revolution Tournament!


DDR screen shot


When: Friday, March 9, 3-6 p.m.

Where: Meeting Rooms A & B

Who: Teens in grades 6-12

Register online or sign up by 3:30 on the day of the tournament to get your groove on.

See you there!


Teen Tech Week is here!

Posted on March 5th, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Events, Gaming, Homework Help, Movies, Music, Technology.

Teen Tech Week is March 4-10, so I’d like to present…

10 Techy Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do At the Library

(Or Maybe You Did)

10) Check out the new TeenScene blog (hint: you are reading it right now) & leave comments

9) Use the Library web site to suggest a purchase, write a review, check your account, see what’s going on, & register for programs

8) Reserve books & have them delivered to your school

7) Try the database during our free trial (March 4-17)

6) Try the Teen Health & Wellness database during our free trial (March 4-31). Username: teentech, password: teentech

5) Email a librarian using Ask a Question or Know It Now

4) Borrow Playaway Books, Audiobooks, CDs, Videos & DVDs

3) Make a movie using iMovie, iDVD or iPhoto

2) Play XBox & GameCube games

1) Come to our gaming tournaments at the Library


Runescape vs. LOTR

Posted on February 9th, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Gaming.

Chris read the post LOTR goes online and wondered,

Do you have to pay for this? Because with Runescape you don’t have to pay.

A good question! It’s one of the Frequently Asked Questions on the web site for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar.

Will a regular fee be required to play?

Yes, but the amount of the subscription fee has not yet been determined. North American players who pre-order will have a choice between two exclusive payment options.

So, that’s a pretty big disadvantage compared to Runescape; Runescape’s still free.


The Curse of Madden?

Posted on February 6th, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Gaming.


Madden NFL cover


Luke told me about this interesting article from the folks at Yahoo! Games. Apparently, “players who grace the cover of EA’s Madden NFL suffer a horrible fate.” Yikes! Read how nine different players could be seen as “cursed” after starring on the cover of the game. (Thanks, Luke!)

Are curses for real, or do you think people make them “come true” without knowing it?

BTW, you can play the Madden NFL XBox game here at the Library, or check out the CD-ROM versions.


LOTR goes online

Posted on January 29th, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Gaming, Random Fun.


The Shadows of Angmar


On April 24, a digital Middle-earth will open.

Turbine, Inc., the company who also created Dungeons & Dragons Online, is excited to release The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, “the year’s most anticipated massively multiplayer online game, or MMO.”

I’m sure fans of Tolkien’s books will be watching for every detail, and also, there will be a monthly subscription fee to play.

Is it safe to say “Move over, Runescape,” or not??