I was fortunate enough to travel to Boston and attend PAX East this year. While there I was able to get a first glimpse and hands on experience of the new games and technology coming! Part of my goal, other than to marvel with my jaw to the floor, was to share the experience on behalf of the library, as PAX East offers an exciting opportunity to experience the near future of gaming and technology. Even if you do not own a new system or gaming PC, quite a few of the game series shown at PAX are available at the library for various systems. I encourage you to give them a chance, as you never know what exciting game just might be sitting on our shelves available for checkout.
What Is PAX East?
The name PAX is short for Penny Arcade Expo. PAX East is the eastern Boston based expo that demonstrates the latest and greatest offerings from the gaming industry. PAX East has been running since 2010 following the success of PAX West in Seattle. Many exhibitors display new games, current product lines, or anything else gaming related at their booths. This year PAX had a ton to show and added an additional day spanning a total of four days from Thursday April 5th to Sunday April 8th.
Nintendo’s latest console is the Switch. Nintendo at PAX East highlighted one of its latest games, Splatoon 2, as well as a collection of other games. If you have not played the series yet, the first Splatoon is available in our catalogue and is an absolute splat fest! Players use weapons that shoot paint in order to mark up the playing field and score points. The sequel to the first Splatoon game is very similar, so getting some time in on the original is an awesome way to stay in practice. Nintendo’s booth allowed players to play against each other and give the game a go.
The main feature of the PAX East 2018 expo floor was the impressive large-scale Blizzard booths. The developers also made waves among gamers with their popular game Overwatch. Both games were on display with giant booths and lively events. Overwatch kicked off their Payload Tour photo event, handing out pins to cosplayers who participated in a 360-degree photo shoot, whilst World of Warcraft had its own large booth showing off its newest expansion, which releases soon. Celebration does not need to be limited to PAX, if you get a chance to play the expansion when it releases, consider making it a celebration and cook some World of Warcraft themed dishes via the World of Warcraft: Official Cookbook available for checkout at the library.
Finally, one of the most defining aspects of PAX East 2018 was its virtual reality presence and showing. One surprising preview was the virtual reality addition to the popular game The Last Guardian. A game about puzzle solving, personal friendship, and going on an adventure, the Last Guardian is a perfect candidate for VR.
PAX East 2018 Was a Blast!
PAX East 2018 was so much fun. If you ever get a chance to go to it or even any local conventions you totally should! Don’t worry if you can’t travel to Boston, Chicago especially has a large offering of fun conventions to attend. Perhaps you might even decide to cosplay at one! The Library has plenty of resources for preparing for your first or trillionth convention, so you are sure to be well suited for whatever fun is waiting for you.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! I hope your new year is off to a great start. Speaking of the New Year, have you made any resolutions? This year instead of making any New Year’s resolutions why don’t you accept a new year’s reading challenge? There are lots of reading challenges out there, some crazy long and some super short. How about I give you one that’s right in-between (well actually more on the short side). I want this to be a challenge you can actually pull off and have fun with! Ready? Here goes:
In 2018 I will read:
· A book set in a different country · A book that has been or is going to be made into a movie · A book by an author I haven’t read yet · A book in a genre I don’t usually read · A book I picked out because I loved the cover · A graphic novel · A book a friend recommended
I told you this would be on the short side! But hopefully once you get started on this challenge you won’t want to stop reading. And maybe you have discovered that you really do like mystery books. If you want any more challenges or recommendations, please stop by and ask!
Games to Enjoy During the Holiday Season
The holidays are the perfect time to kick back relax and enjoy some of the most exciting video games of 2017. With such a variety of anticipated triple A games having been released, there is no lack of choices to indulge. Fill your mug with some hot cocoa, grab your favorite controller and get ready to game! These five gamers are ones you will not want to miss as the holiday hours roll by.
Super Mario Odyssey
The world’s favorite digital Italian plumber is back on an exciting new journey. Super Mario Odyssey is a thrilling sandbox puzzle platformer full of fun environments and places to traverse. What makes Odyssey so unique in comparison with previous games in the series, is Mario’s new ability to capture enemies, with his hat named Cappie, and physically control them. This offers Mario many fresh powers and abilities along the way as he goes on a journey to a variety of Kingdoms in order to save Princess Peach.
If you have ever dreamt of defending the solar Destiny 2 will easily be the best choice to play this holiday season. Destiny 2 provides fun gameplay that improves upon the first game of the series in nearly every way. While playing the game you collect gear, travel in your spaceship to different planets, and defend the galaxy from an assortment of space villain. Destiny 2 offers players a chance to explore and serve as intergalactic guardians who utilize very powerful abilities. With plenty of variety its combination of single player and multiplayer make it an entertaining gaming experience.
Overwatch had its release in 2016 but its fresh content and support has not faded. Each year, Blizzard holds online events based around holidays and other important milestones. Overwatch is a first person game that everyone can pick up and play without having to deal with any troublesome learning curves. Each hero brings an exciting element and personality to the game that provides players with appealing and relatable choices.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Are you fascinated by dinosaurs and robots? How about both combined into one crazy adventure? Horizon Zero Dawn mixes the two together in a giant sprawling open world experience that immerses the player in exploration and story. The experience of Horizon Zero Dawn is exciting from start to finish, allowing players to adventure as they see fit while also unfolding Aloy’s story. Horizon Zero Dawn utilizes its ability to draw players into its story and deliver an enriching experience from start to finish.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is possibly the best game of the year. Nintendo has never so perfectly programmed a game from head to toe with things to do, places to explore, and memories to create. Perhaps the most impact and rewarding game on this list, it is hands down an experience that is on in which creates the types of memories that just need to be shared with those around you. Utilizing a vast open world, Nintendo has created an environment that is scalable, full of mystery, and completely absorbing. If you could only play one game during the holiday break, Breath of the Wild should be the one.
With the holidays at our doorstep this is the perfect time to enjoy a game or two! Hopefully this list helps to narrow down the selection of games available so that you can sit down, plug in a controller, and start gaming. There is no better time to explore and enjoy all the latest video game offerings than the holiday season.
Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month? It makes sense since there are so many great authors that have birthdays this month and there are many wonderful books being released. Have you ever thought of writing a novel? Maybe you should give it a whirl this month, you may find a new talent to be thankful for!
Let’s start by looking at some new books being released this month. Renegades by Marissa Meyer was released on November 7, 2017. A gripping Science Fiction tale of superheroes riddled with plot twists. The Renegades are human, but with extraordinary abilities. They emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone... except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and is on a mission for vengeance. Adrian is a Renegade boy who believes in justice-- and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
Traci Chee has released her second book in the Sea of Ink and Gold series, The Speaker. The first book, The Reader, is set in a world where reading is unheard-of, Sefia makes use of a mysterious object to track down who kidnapped her aunt Nin and what really happened the night her father was murdered. In The Speaker, Sefia and Archer's adventure continues as Archer searches for a way to combat his nightmares of his time with the impressors and Sefia becomes more and more consumed by her study of the Book. You should put both of these books on your to read list!
Even though November is National Novel Writing Month, good movies usually stem from good books, right? This month at least two movies have been released that I’m sure you cannot wait to see. I think November seems to be a Sci-fi/Fantasy kind of month, many authors that write it were born this month, many books that came out this month are Sci-fi/Fantasy, and going right along with that, these movies are also Sci-fi/Fantasy. November 3, 2017 the Thor: Ragnarok movie was released. This Friday Justice League will be released. Speaking of Justice League, you can see this amazing film at the Antioch Theater for just $3 by picking up a ticket at the library. Stop by today to get your ticket!
So many new books and movies, it will be hard to choose which one to watch and read first! That’s ok, we have a couple of long, cold months ahead of us, plenty of time to stay warm and nourish our minds with our imagination as we read these amazing novels put out by these great authors.
Heroes in Anime Save the Day!
Super hero movies continue to provide an exciting escape from reality in American Culture. With how popular Japanese culture has become in the U.S., it was only a matter of time before both worlds would combine for an exciting anime series. The popular new manga adapted anime, My Hero Academia details what trials and adventures super heroes must endure to learn to save the day!
My Hero Academia can easily be enjoyed by any audience. It incorporates themes of friendship, confidence building, and many exciting flashy heroics. Its famous predecessor is the popular series Naruto, which has helped the success of My Hero Academia through the use of many similar themes and characters. Naruto’s creator Masashi Kishimoto has even wished success for the manga and anime with a drawing of his character Naruto cheering on Midoriya to succeed.
Through its main character Midoriya, My Hero Academia empowers confidence building through an incredibly inspiring story of friendship and teamwork. Like many of us idolize Superman, Midoriya idolizes the established super heroes of his world and draws from their good deeds so that he can achieve. An adventure for all audiences, My Hero Academia is a manga and anime that anyone who loves super heroes can enjoy. It’s great for long time anime fans as well as those who simply love a great super hero story.
If you are a super hero or anime fan, make sure to come visit the APLD booth at Count-I-Con Friday, October 20th – Sunday, October 22nd. We will be on hand with interactive super hero fun and plenty of information as to how you can get involved in one of our anime clubs at the library. Lake Count-I-Con is an amazing opportunity to enjoy all things pop-culture. The convention hosts many creators, vendors, and interactive booths made available for the public and is full of heroes!