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Let the Games Begin.

So, just putting this out there, but Central Library’s Creative Experience now has a Mame emulator. What does that mean for those not in the know? Well, a collection of 1000’s of retro video games – all free to play. Contra, TMNT, Shinobi, Pac-Man, and many, many more. Watch the video for a small sample of what’s available, then pop into the Teen Lounge or the Creative Experience to check-it-out for yourself.



Also, stay tuned for more ways to game @ St. Louis Public Library!

  1. April 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    This is awesome!
    Which MAME emulator program are you using?
    Does your branch provide a controller or do patrons use the computer’s keyboard for as a controller?

    -Chris, a librarian in Maryland

  2. nathanya
    April 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Chris,

    We are using Mame OS X running on a mini mac. We have 4 six button usb controllers for patrons to use. They are set-up to where a mode button gives the player credits. We also have Unreal Tournament 2004 running on all our stations. We can have 4 player deathmatches with one station acting as the server.

  3. April 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    That’s great. Did you configure the controllers yourself? I remember trying to configure controllers in MAME a while ago and thinking it was a NIGHTMARE. Is it any more intuitive with MAME OS X?

    Also, I saw your system is hosting “Got Game?” nights. I stumbled upon this as I was researching ways we could implement public gaming here in our branch. We’ve recently purchased a 360 and are hoping to put it to the best use possible. Have you gotten a good response to your Got Game nights?

  4. nathanya
    April 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Our tech department configured the controllers. As far as I know they didn’t have any problems.

    We have a 360 and a Wii U hooked up permanently. We have gaming all day Mon-Thurs, and Sat, but teens do need a library card. We do have a no card gaming program on Fridays from 3-5pm. This is a unique set-up at our Central branch. Our other branches implement a Got Gaming? program about once a month. We have 2 360’s and 2 Wii’s, which move around the other branches. We are averaging over a hundred teens a month for gaming at our Central branch.

    Here’s a look at our permanent set-up: https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Louis-Public-Library-Teens/194121747291277#!/media/set/?set=a.493075047395944.99564.194121747291277&type=1

    It’s definitely a popular program. We also run a Super Smash Brothers Tournament over the summer. This is a city-wide tournament, and this will be our fifth tournament.

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