Midterms with Mario!

A growing body of experimental evidence shows that video game playing is associated with generalized improvements in cognitive functioning – nice to know, therefore, that video games are available for borrowing at Anderson Academic Commons. The University Libraries permanent collection includes games for Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation, and Microsoft Xbox. These games are available for 1-week loan to DU students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

The games were purchased as part of a joint project with DU’s Emergent Digital Practice program, which offers classes on game design and development. DU professors hope to see the games catch on as a resource in various academic disciplines. Writers, for example, may find compelling opportunities in storytelling for video games; and video game music is an important emerging form for composers. Gaming is also significant as a topic for critical analysis, as shown by monograph titles such as Kishonna Gray’s Race, Gender, and Deviance in Xbox Live: Theoretical Perspectives from the Virtual Margins (Waltham: Anderson, 2014), or Christopher Paul’s Wordplay and the Discourse of Video Games: Analyzing Words, Design, and Play (New York: Routledge, 2012).



Games you can borrow from the library include:

Xbox: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Playstation: Minecraft; Metal Gear Solid; Just Dance

Wii and Wii U: Mariokart; Super Smash Brothers; Legend of Zelda

There are many more. Coming soon – probably before summer – the library will begin lending game consoles as well. So make plans to perfect your mental conditioning with a few sessions of intense gaming. Remember, though, that gaming has not been shown to improve one’s ability to assimilate a continuous, slowly-evolving stream of information (such as a classroom lecture). So don’t forget to study, too!


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