How cool would it be if your local university had a video game collection in its research library? If you live in Alberta, Canada and know you’ll be at the University of Calgary in March 2011 then you’re in luck. The Calgary Herald has announced that the school will be adding video games to its library, with games for consoles such as the Atari, PC and Xbox 360. Even multimedia rooms will be available for students to play the games in. The rental system will be just like every other, students can check the games out and teachers can even reserve them.
A librarian from the school named Jerremie Clyde hoping that it well help students studying disciplines anywhere from feminist studies to rhetoric. He’s also hoping that this will help games be taken more seriously as media, like films. In his words,
“Video games are a fairly sophisticated media form, so . . . people will be treating them the same as books or film documentaries. I’m surprised it hasn’t happened sooner…Now we’re getting a generation of faculty and graduate students who grew up with video games as part of their media landscape…There’s a whole new generation of academics coming in who have been playing video games their whole life.”