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Game Collection

A look at the games the Courtright Memorial Library has to offer.

Why Games?

There are so many great things about games!

  • Games aid in mental and social development
  • Games present stories and information in a new and different context
  • Games assist in the development of critical thinking skills and are a form of inquiry-based research
  • Many games have a cooperative element, creating opportunities for cooperative learning and communication
  • Games can be used as a type of curriculum support, bringing something new and different to your classroom
  • Games help relieve stress and tension because:
  • Games are FUN!

If you're intrigued by the possibility of using games in your classroom, in your office, for your programming, or just want to have a good time with your friends, take a look at the rest of this LibGuide to see what we can offer!

Featured Board Game

Featured Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill

Betrayal at House on the Hill is a tile game that allows players to build their own haunted house room by room, tile by tile, creating a new thrilling game board every time. The game is designed for three to six people, each of whom plays one of six possible characters.

Secretly, one of the characters betrays the rest of the party, and the innocent members of the party must defeat the traitor in their midst before it’s too late! Betrayal at House on the Hill will appeal to any game player who enjoys a fun, suspenseful, and strategic game.

Players 3-6
Time 60 minutes
Theme Adventure; Horror
Mechanics Dice Rolling; Storytelling; Traitor

How to Play

Still aren't sure how to play?  Want to learn from someone in person?  Contact Kirsten Peninger to schedule a time for her to meet with you!

Featured Video Game

Featured Video Game: Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 cover image

Set five years after the events of Borderlands, Handsome Jack, the game's main antagonist, has taken over the Hyperion Corporation, declared himself Dictator of Pandora and taken all of the credit for finding The Vault - going so far as to claim responsibility for killing The Destroyer.  Jack has also blotted out much of the light on the planet by having a giant orbiting H-shaped base set in front of Pandora's stationary moon, creating a 'big brother' atmosphere throughout the planet.  The new group of Vault Hunters in Borderlands 2 are tasked with killing Jack and returning peace to Pandora.

Players Single Player; Multiplayer
Average Play Time 50 hours
Genre First person shooter; roleplaying
Game System PS3

Subject Guide

Game Terms & Definitions

There are a lot of terms thrown around in the game world.  Here's an overview of these terms, as well as examples.

Game Mechanics

Game mechanics are way the rules are put together and how you interact with the game.  Some popular examples of game mechanics include:

  • Hand Management
  • Cooperative
  • Press Your Luck
  • Storytelling
  • Tile/Worker Placement
  • Area Control
  • Variable Player Powers

Game Themes/Categories

Game themes, or categories (used interchangeably) is a way to group games that have similar subjects or characteristics.  Popular examples include:

  • Bluffing
  • Deduction
  • Real Time
  • Racing
  • Educational
  • Abstract Strategy
  • Card Game

Video Game Genres

Similar to game themes/categories, video game genres are used to distinguish styles of games.  Most video games are not limited to a single genre.

  • Simulation
  • Puzzle
  • Adventure
  • Shooter (first person and stealth)
  • Sports
  • Roleplaying
  • Educational

Why are these important?  Understanding the terms used in games will help you decide which games to play.  For example, you may find that you really enjoying deduction games, but have yet to enjoy a tile placement game.  In that case, you may be interested in playing Ultimate Werewolf, but perhaps less enthralled by Tsuro.  Understanding these terms will also allow you to make informed decisions about what games may be useful in your classroom or office, or of interest to your social group.  Having a grasp of these terms allows you to take some of the guesswork out of what game to pick up.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of games do you have?

We have a variety of board games, video games, and roleplaying guides.

Can I take the games out of the library?

Absolutely!  Games can be checked out at the front desk so that you can easily play them in your home, your residence hall, in your classroom, etc.

Who can borrow games?

Any member of the Otterbein community can check out games, including faculty, staff, students, and Friends of the Library.

How long can I borrow a game?

Games are checked out for 7 days, and can be renewed up to 6 times.

Featured Video Game Trailer