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#1 Posted on 25.9.03 0753.44
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* Exactly one library in all of North America owns a copy of the original "Super Mario Bros" game for the NES (the Kalamazoo Public Library)?

* Three libraries own a copy of the original "Metroid" game (Kalamazoo, the Kansas City Public Library, and the Amos Memorial Public Library in Sidney, Ohio)?

* A whopping 498 libraries subscribe to "Nintendo Power" magazine?

* 119 libraries own the "Super Mario Bros." movie (starring John Leguizamo and Bob Hoskins), but only five libraries own copies of the "Super Mario Bros. Super Show" (three - the Lakeland Public Library, the West Florida Regional Library System, and the Newark Public Library - own the video "Hooded Robin and his Mario Men", while the other two - the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Public Library and the Amarillo Public Library - own "Butch Mario and the Luigi Kid")?

* Harvard University owns a book about Mario written in Hebrew ("ha-Ahim Super-Mariyo" by Todd Strasser)?

Why doesn't my local library have cool stuff like this?



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#2 Posted on 25.9.03 0824.30
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Um....how the hell did you do the research for this?
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#3 Posted on 25.9.03 0839.49
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    Originally posted by Grimis
    Um....how the hell did you do the research for this?


http://newfirstsearch.oclc.org/

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#4 Posted on 25.9.03 1112.58
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On the one hand, I want to say that libraries should be investing in this kind of material, as it is as much a part of our cultural fabric as many of the other media they store (books, movies, etc.), and if someone can use a library to read a classic book like Moby Dick, then people should also be able to use the library to play a classic game like SMB. On the other hand, libraries do have a limited amount of space, and how many people are realistically going to rent SMB in any given time period? How many people still have working NESes that they use on a regular basis? (and if they do, I'd wager they have a copy of that game somewhere...)

Maybe what every town needs is its own video game repository, which would serve as nothing more than a library for video games, keeping systems and games for people to play?

Then again, I doubt enough people would be excited enough about that idea to make it financially viable. I'd wager if it was, someone would have done it by now.
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#5 Posted on 25.9.03 1200.39
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Hmmmm.... well, one of the public libraries in Cheyenne, Wyoming used to stock basically all the original Nintendo games as they came out. If you had a Library card you could rent one game for five days. It was awesome. (They also rented movies the same way)

So either your info is wrong, or some dickhead made the decision that the library should get rid of that stuff. Probably the latter

-Jag

And my friends always wondered how I managed to buy so few video games when I was young. Because I rented them for FREE!
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#6 Posted on 25.9.03 1559.49
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A library in Cleveland my mom used to go to had these Nintendo Adventure Books, which were like Choose Your Own Adventures only with Nintendo (typically Mario) characters. They also had little puzzles to help determine the right way through the story. They were a lot of fun, and eventually I managed to buy a few for myself. I think there's a write-up for them on the Home of the Underdogs gamebook section.
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#7 Posted on 25.9.03 2054.36
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    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
    On the one hand, I want to say that libraries should be investing in this kind of material, as it is as much a part of our cultural fabric as many of the other media they store (books, movies, etc.), and if someone can use a library to read a classic book like Moby Dick, then people should also be able to use the library to play a classic game like SMB. On the other hand, libraries do have a limited amount of space, and how many people are realistically going to rent SMB in any given time period? How many people still have working NESes that they use on a regular basis? (and if they do, I'd wager they have a copy of that game somewhere.


Living just outside of Kalamazoo, and being a very frequent patron of the Kazoo library (their sf and fantasy section is great and they actually buy new stuff when it comes out and not a year later), it's probably worth noting that the Kazoo library system gets a ton of stuff donated to it both from local groups and from the university students as they leave campus. In addition, the library is one of the nation's best, I think it was the public library of the year either last year or the year before, because it is trying to expand what the role of a library is within the community by expanding the types of material that it collects and offers to the public for "free".

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#8 Posted on 30.9.03 1526.19
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