Plug Into National Video Game Day

Wednesday, July 6th – Augusta Welsh, Adult Services

Video games are a favorite pastime for many people. From multiplayer games with hundreds of people all playing together at once, such as Call of Duty or World of Warcraft, to single player adventure games like Zelda or Pokemon, video games have become an immersive break from peoples day-to-day lives. While books have long been an escape into another world or another life, video games allow people to go a few steps further. Players see, hear, and often interact with another world in new and exciting ways. 

Most of my life, I have read young adult fantasy novels where a young hero must learn to control a unique power on their way to defeat evil. They usually pick up some cool fighting techniques and colorful companions along their journey across new and exciting lands. Many video games follow this plot with ease and to massive success. You might find yourself dropped into a new world that you must learn to navigate, gaining strength and skills as you traverse through the game. 

Some are much simpler, allowing you to build a house (or an entire world!) with blocks, run a farm, or populate a deserted island with some creature friends. Others let you play sports or even have dance battles with your friends and family. If you can imagine it, there is probably a video game for it; along with several worlds and characters you probably never would have thought of. 

Several books have inspired massively successful video games such as the Witcher series, Call of Cthulhu, Lord of the Rings games, or Rainbow Six Siege. Superhero games also take their inspiration directly from comic book pages; allowing players to become their favorite superhero and battle against iconic villains. 

Here are some of our staff’s favorite video games, as well as some with with oceans to explore:

Staff Picks:
*Life is Strange
*Animal Crossing
*The Quarry

Games with Oceans to Explore this Summer:
*Ark: Survial Evolved
*Depth Hunter 2: Deep Dive



**Check out the Youth Services department for Wii games**

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