In spring 2010 David Michael '13 and Jason Hernandez '13, responding to a call from College Council for proposals for their Great Ideas initiative, suggested the purchase of a small collection of video games for use by students. Their application for funding pointed out that the games chosen would provide a healthy, more creative alternative to alcohol-centered activities. Multi-player games could also encourage collaborative rather than individual and isolated play. Since the Libraries hold other forms of media, it made sense for Sawyer to provide a home for the collection.
In addition to the Great Ideas project, faculty have also been building the video games collection to support their courses. For example, a faculty member in Africana Studies asked the Libraries to purchase Grand Theft Auto so that students could analyze representations of race in media.
All library video games are cataloged in the library catalog. To find video games:
Here are some canned searches for items in the collection:
Video games are located on Level 3 between the CD and DVD sections in the audiovisual area.