We have an interesting batch of games on our top 10 list this month. With our hours reduced and lots of regular faces in the archive, we got to see everyone's favorite games make the list, including an Atari game (possibly for the first time). Also, just a reminder that our Fall expanded hours will start on Tuesday, September 8th. They'll also be a little different this year as we close an hour earlier than last year (8pm) and do away with our Saturday hours. So get your gaming in...
We'd like to welcome new and returning students to campus this week by holding a Super Smash Bros. tournament! We'll also have other casual gaming opportunities, including Splatoon for the Wii U. We'll be partnering with Ann Arbor District Library as we share information about local gaming on and off campus at your local libraries. The event is free, and we're offering prizes for the winners of the tournament. Hope you can join us!
This month has been the month of tours, families, and people of all ages coming to check out what the archive has to offer and playing games. As such, we see a lot more Nintendo games on the list than usual, including a Super Nintendo game. Way to go, Mario. We have one more month of unrestricted Smash, so get your games in before the Fall semester begins!
Here are our top games played in the archive during the month of June. Multiple versions of Smash rise in popularity as people take advantage of the fact that they can play it anytime we're open during the Summer. Splatoon quickly rises to make it on our list, even though we haven't had it for long. Also, a reminder that our hours for the Summer term are currently Wed-Fri 1-5pm, so enjoy the lovely Summer weather on Mondays and Tuesdays for the next couple months. (Or play Smash...
Here is our Top 10 list of popular games for this past month. A game beats FIFA in the ranking for the first time in ages, and Smash rises in the ranks (probably students celebrating the fact that we allow it every day during the Spring and Summer). We'll probably see more classic games making the list as well, as students vow over the Summer to finish "that old game I always wanted to get through but never had time for."
For our Top 10 list in April, Mario Kart presented a strong front, as well as the usual contenders. When we look at the most popular games during Winter term, all of the newer systems dominated the list, with FIFA 15 being played nearly three times more than the game that came in second place.
The new book Game Research Methods is available for free download under a creative commons license and features a chapter written by a pair of U-M grad students.
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