Games are an essential part of the human experience and have been for thousands of years. Entertainment, education, competition, strategy and technology are just a few of the areas in which games have played an integral role in the development of society. As such, the idea of games can be found in many forms. Here are some that can be either checked out or streamed from HPU Libraries:
Game Theory has served as a standard text for game theory courses since the publication of the first edition in 1968. The fourth edition updates several recently developed subfields. It has been enlarged by adding a new section dealing with the controversial “Monty Hall problem”, showing how the solution can be easily obtained by using game theoretic methods; rather than those of conditional probability theory.
After covering the genre’s early history and theorizing its general characteristics, this volume then focuses on specific instances of sports films, such as the biopic, the sports history film, the documentary, the fan film, the boxing film, and explores issues such as gender, race, spectacle and silent comedy. Four major films are then closely analyzed – Chariots of Fire, Field of Dreams, the Indian cricket epic Lagaan, and Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday.
The thrill of bankrupting an opponent is addictive, but it pays to play nice, because your fortunes could change with the roll of the dice. Experience the ups and downs of the trading game with the classic Monopoly game.
In The settlers of Catan you control a group of settlers trying to tame the wilds on the remote but rich island of Catan. Start by revealing Catan’s many harbors and regions: plains, meadows, mountains, hills, forests & desert.
These are just a couple of selections from our board game collection located on the main floor of Smith Library. Feel free to stop by and check one out for fall break.
TV & Movies (DVDs)
Set in a world where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and ancient Wall that protects the realm from the mysterious darkness beyond, the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne.
True story about about breaking the German codes during World War Two. You know, the one with Hitler.
From IMDB: “During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.”
From a book written by a guy who lives in Greensboro, NC! It also Harrison Ford in it, but, frankly, he’s better in Star Wars.
From IMDB: “Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, an insectoid alien race who had previously tried to invade Earth and had inflicted heavy losses on humankind.”
The Crying Game concerns the kidnap of a black British soldier Jody (Forest Whitaker) by a group of IRA operatives led by Maguire (Adrian Dunbar). Jody forms a bond with Fergus (Rea), one of his captors. Very entertaining. Steven Rea’s hair never looked better. Be sure to watch until the end.
The true story of an Olympic-class skier who turns to running high stake poker games for fun and profit! What could go wrong?
A movie from 2018!
From IMDB: “A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery when the shady brother of one of them is seemingly kidnapped by dangerous gangsters.”
Made in 1932, this film vividly retells Richard Connell’s famous short story about a megalomaniac who hunts human beings on his remote island. Great story in glorious black and white!
A group of friends obsessed with a role-playing game try to make it through their horrendous lives while attempting to break the world record for role playing. Starring Kelly LeBrock (a one time Mrs. Steven Seagal!), John Heard (now dead!), William Katt (The Greatest American Hero, at least in 1981!), and Beverly D’Angelo (Chevy’s “wife”!).
As always, just ask a librarian if you need further recommendations.
-Blog post by Bob Fitzgerald, Interlibrary Loan Librarian