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Get Your Game On Featured Player: ‘Da Man

October 23, 2008

This week we’re featuring Marcus because he’s ‘Da Man.  Seriously.  Marcus is our most dedicated teen patron.  He is an active participant at nearly every teen program.  Whether it’s Anime Club, Get Your Game On, Teen Tech Lab, or any of the summer programs…Marcus is there.  He was the only one who showed up for the Teen Read-In this year and had no problem immersing himself in a graphic novel while chillin’ in the YA section of the library.  We can always always count on him to give us good programming advice and great suggestions for our circulating collection.  Marcus is a curious guy who’s not afraid to try new things.  When last year’s Film Fest came around he gave it a go, even though it was a completely new endeavor for him.  He ended up with a cool little film and even won best director.  That’s pretty impressive considering the group of 5 teens that started the project with him bailed out early on.  But he stuck to it and pulled it off.  We’ll definitely want to check in on Marcus in 20 years and see where all his drive and dedication has taken him.

His dream job:  “A mixture of a professional viola player and a chef.  Maybe a graphic novelist.”   

Favorite videogames:  “Hmmmmm, I got two, Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3.”

Favorite read:  “Right now, it’s Rosario + Vampire.”

Words of wisdom for the week:  “If you like anime, like really really much, check out  You can watch episodes or catch up on series you missed.  And check out the newest graphic novels that’ll be coming out and where you can find them.  It’s cool.”

Favorite thing about the library:  “The teens and graphic novels and the librarians.”

What he would change about the library:  “The teen space…make it like bigger…and more like where only teens can come in…more graphic novels and maybe add a computer for teen use, only where you don’t even need a library card to use it.”

A huge thanks to Marcus for coming to the library so much and contributing to all the good times.  Everyone always says Marcus is really quiet and shy, yet, at the library we don’t see that side of him.  Does this look like a quiet shy guy to you???

Get Your Game On Featured Player: Fedora Dude

October 16, 2008

Yikes.  I’m a day late on the featured player post.  Don’t fire me, teens!!!  Those of you that attended yesterday’s Get Your Game On know that DPL was experiencing some technical difficulties with its wireless internet connection during the program…so our normal featured player agenda was interrupted.  Bummer.  But enough of the blahblahblah.  This week’s featured player is…drum roll please…Justin!

At 18 he’s the oldest player in our crew, but only by a few months.  And he’s the only one in college.  An undecided major at this point but maybe wants to be a programmer??  Justin’s fav game is DDR and he prefers the arcade version, although that didn’t stop him from picking up his own copy of SuperNova the other day.  He also loves to read-which library staff ALWAYS loves to hear.  His favorite authors are Rachel Caine and Christopher Paolini.  Hmm, maybe we can get Justin to do a few book reviews for the blog!?

So, something people don’t know about you?  “Around here?…seems like my name.”

Your name is Justin, right?  “Yeah.”  “And my closest friends call me BK.”

Which stands for?  “Nothing.  It’s a crazy story and it doesn’t make sense, but it stuck so whatever.”

If you were an animal what would you be?  “If I was an animal.  That’s a tough one.  I’d be an emu because emus are sweet animals.”

And if you were an emu and emus could drive which car would you drive?  “I would drive a brand new Lotus Elise or a Le Mans Quattro.”

Justin also recently turned the group on to finger-style DDR which you can play here.  Check it out!  It’s cool.  And everyone thinks Justin is cool and quiet and chill and always wearing his black hat and everyone calls him Fedora Dude and maybe we should call him Cool Fedora Dude. 

“Sounds good,” he says.

Teen Volunteer Council & Gaming…Tonight!

October 14, 2008

Come on by the Fairmount St. location from 5:30-7:30 tonight for the Teen Volunteer Council meeting followed by a bit of wild videogaming fun!  At last month’s meeting the council members discussed how they plan to spend some of the teen money which they’ve raised through various volunteer efforts.  Sounds like we’ll be getting a few new videogame accessories for our gaming programs.  The idea of making their own t-shirts for Anime Club and TVC was also presented.  Very cool.  Plus, they came up with some really great programming ideas for the library.  The idea that everyone seemed to agree on was having an overnight at the library for teens.  It does seem like a super great idea, one that might be almost too much fun-but not quite, phew!  Let’s do it! 

Also, at the last TVC meeting we experimented with making up new words.  Some of the best were:  loopyottenvicker, barfarooni, and snorffenporkerfrmkookly.  We had soooo much fun with this exercise that it was hard to find time to come up with their definitions.  The winning word was:  crostahofolaus.  And when asked “What does it mean?” the best answer was “What doesn’t it mean?”

Here’s a pic from a couple of Sundays ago that shows the volunteers in action at the 40th Anniversary Party at the Main St. Library.  They helped out by serving drinks and snacks to the guests.  Pictured from left to right are Mello (the TVC President), Chris (Treasurer), Jake (Vice President), and our newest volunteer Choia-she even rearranged her work schedule to help us out!  THANKS to each of them for their awesome help! 

Get Your Game On Featured Player: Nick

October 8, 2008

This week’s featured player: Nick

Favorite song to play: “Through the Fire and Flames. That’s an obvious one.”

Favorite games to play: “Rock Band 2 and Gears of War.”

If you could play videogames with one famous person living or dead who would it be?: “OMG. Uh…hahaha…the person who made Guitar Hero III.”

Something people don’t know about you: “I used to play Gears of War with my feet. It’s creepy, but I can do it. I just used my big toe for the right analog stick. I used to, I swear. I don’t know how. It’s crazy.”

The secret to your mad videogaming skills?: “I used to practice like 6 hrs. at a time. Sometimes. Not anymore. I don’t even have to practice anymore.”

Did you come to the library before these videogaming programs started?: “Yeah, but only like once. Now I come a lot more and I have a library card now, too.”

Sweet.  You rock, Nick!

Nick is DPL’s very own Guitar Hero. That’s right.  At the Guitar Hero III tournament we had earlier in the year Nick came in 2nd at the expert level! Aw yeah!! He soooo almost had the title, but a fellow we’ve never seen at any of our programs before ended up snagging it. All is well though, cuz Nick was able to pick up on the champ’s tricks. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Nick win the next tournament we have. And I think it’s about time we have another tournament. November 15th is National Gaming Day @ Your Library so maybe we can whip something up. Any requests??

Get Your Game On Featured Player: Mello

October 1, 2008

Featured player this week is Mello, the winner of our Dance Dance Revolution Tournament that took place last May which kicked off the Summer Reading Program. I like to refer to her as the Queen of DDR. It’s true. Ask anyone that’s seen her play. She bounces around like it’s nobody’s business and with great accuracy.

ME: Hey Mello, what do you wanna be when you grow up?

MELLO: Like actually? I want to be the Hero of Time, but that doesn’t count.

ME: Yes, like actually.

MELLO: Um, I want to be a videogame programmer and designer.

ME: What’s your favorite color?

MELLO: Gggreen???

Before I can even ask another question MELLO says: You can talk about my obsession with Legend of Zelda or my upcoming cosplays. I have a bunch of those. Would you like to know about those?

ME: Only the one you plan to sport at the Anime Fest at the Figge.

MELLO: Paashaww. I don’t know yet.

ME: Good answer. Closing thoughts, Mello?

MELLO: I just lost the game :(

Mello was voted the President of the Teen Volunteer Council by the rest of the teen volunteers. She always has really fun ideas and is full of the required energy that it takes to pull them off. Mello is also one of our newest contributors to the blog. Thanks for all of your GREAT help!

Get Your Game On Featured Player: Erickkkjghkjgh

September 24, 2008

Get Your Game On, our weekly teen videogaming program, is going strong and so much fun I thought it was about time we start featuring some of our regular players.  Just for funzies.  Here we go:

Featured player of the week:  Eric (better known as Erickkkjghkjgh) 

Favorite game:  “That’s a hard one.  The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.  Definitely.”

Least favorite game:  “That’s even harder.  Guitar Hero, for me, is not a good game.”

Dream job:  “Videogame designer.”

Favorite thing about the library:  “Um, probably these activity things.”

He is one of our regular teen patrons and attends most, if not all, of our teen programs.  We always appreciate it when he lugs in his XBOX 360 and cool games-even if he makes his brother do it.  Erickkkjghkjgh is an active volunteer and brings a really fun spirit to the group.  He is also Head of Sound Patrol/Palace Guard at the Teen Volunteer Council Meetings, which I reeeeally appreciate.

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

September 12, 2008

Hilarious!  Compelling.  Five stars!!  Classic.  Two thumbs up.  A must see!  All of these statements are true in regards to Seth Gordon’s brilliant documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.  It is by far the best flick I’ve seen all year.  Seriously!  Okay, okay, I haven’t seen all that many films lately, but this one has certainly left a positive lasting impression.  Don’t be deterred by the fact that it’s a documentary.  You can’t make up characters as intriguing as those found in this illustrious slice of the hardcore classic videogaming world.  Wait, a hardcore classic videogaming world exists??  And they have officials??  You betcha.


While the drama is centered around Steve Wiebe, a likeable family man/science teacher with a touching story, who is trying to dethrone the barely tolerable bad haircut sportin’ 1982 Donkey Kong world record holder Billy Mitchell, the film begins to raise bigger life questions and becomes a classic battle between good and evil.  This PG-13 flick is definitely entertainment at its finest. 

Even if you have no interest whatsoever in videogames, you’ll enjoy this movie.  I guarantee The King of Kong will make you laugh, even tug at the old heartstrings a bit, and hopefully open your eyes and get you thinking about the meaning of how you live your life.  Or not.  Maybe you’ll just pick up a few tips on how to get around the peskiest barrels without losing a life and arrive at the awaiting princess with a record score.  Good luck with that.