Canadian Libraries want $300,000 to buy Games


Ohh Canada, Our home and native land.  God I love Canada.  The Toronto Public Library is asking for 300K to build up a collection of Video Games.  They have not said if they will buy all types of games, or leave out the M rated ones.  As the City Councilor of Toronto said about he the project, “It may be the only time a young person comes in. It can act as a magnet to attract people. Once we get them in there, you can be darn sure that our librarians will be hard at work to introduce them to everything else the library can offer.”  This is a good plan actually, and besides bringing kids into the library it will bring their parents and or guardians who otherwise may not visit the library on their own.  Games rock, but reading is fun too, and informative : )


Airborne Gamer
Airborne Gamer
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AirborneGamer
AirborneGamer

Yea, I can totally see this working to help bring more ppl into the public libraries, but the only way I can really see this working is with console games. Ask the average person the specs on their PC and they have no idea. It could turn into a huge headache for the library and ppl that wanted to play a PC game, because so many ppl's PC's would not even run the games if they were able to install them. But with consoles, if its made for the 360 (or whatever), it will work on any 360 : )

ryanw
ryanw

What is the weather like on this strange planet that you live on? Anti-piracy, or DRM is as much an illusion today as it was 5, or 15 years ago, like putting a lock on a glass door. Great idea yes, but don't be naive about software piracy. The few million people downloading torrents everyday aren't doing it just for kicks, they are doing it because getting around the CD checker(which many games don't even bother with anymore) is easy as pie. Obviously the library will need to take this into account with their PC games especially and I imagine they will need some sort of custom software themselves. An idea would be to design their own version of steam where the software is downloaded, or taken home on DVD, and then given a limited life cycle on the pc after which it is de-activated. In the end what they are doing is no different than blockbuster or any other video story( in regards to console games) with the exception that they aren't charging money for the rental. Which is a great idea, especially if they build up a backlog of old classic games as well as the new ones for people to experience.

jperotti
jperotti

actually no you cant play any games on any system without the disc anymore...maybe 5 years ago you could but now due to the wonders of anti-piracy any system (pc/xbox360/wii/ps3) even if the game is on the HDD wont load a game unless you have the disc in the drive. Besides, this seems like a great idea go team!

Anialation
Anialation

It's just unfortunate that this will not work. People will grab the game and CD Key, activate it, and just return the CD. Once they're activated, most games these days don't need their CD anymore to run.

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