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UNT Library Game Collection

This guide is for librarians interested in library game collection management.

The UNT Media Library provides access to equipment that supports the recreational and research needs of students, faculty, and staff interested in games and gaming. This access helps bridge the digital divide that many students, faculty, and staff may face with rapidly changing technology and the computing requirements of new software.

Media Library Game Equipment

PCs
The UNT Library provides access to twenty-one PCs for gaming. At this time UNT has a Dell contract so all of these PCs are Dell gaming PCs. 

  • 1 Alienware Area 51 (Vive PC)
  • 21 Aurora R6  with Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700 Processor (4-Cores, 8MB Cache, Turbo Boost 2.0, up to 4.0GHz), Air Cooled Chassis, NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5X, 32GB (4X8GB) DDR4 2133MHz SDRAM Memory, T 256GB PCIe SSD (Boot) + 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (Storage), Tray-Loading Dual Layer Blu-Ray Reader, Intel Wireless 3165 Driver, Corsair M65 Pro gaming mouse, Vengeance keyboard, and MM400 mousepad.
  • 4 Alienware 15 laptop

Consoles
PS2, PS3, PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Wii U, Wii Switch, RetroN 5, RetroN 2, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Gamecube, Atari 2600, Dreamcast, Sega Genesis emulator, Sega Saturn, Sega Master System, NES emulator, SNES emulator, PS emulator.

Virtual and Augmented Reality Devices
HTC Vive, HTC Vive Pro, Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, Sony PSVR, 10 iPod touches, 10 VR headsets

Handhelds
Sony Vita, PSP 3000, Nintendo 3DS, XL, Nintendo DS Lite

Game Accessories
We offer accessories for all of the games and consoles that we purchase for this collection.

Digital Video Games

Console games are still generally available in a physical format, but computer games have moved almost completely to digital distribution. The distribution and digital rights management (DRM) for these games is handled through several platforms. The UNT Media Library offers access to several of these platforms on our computers but we do not have a dedicated library account because of licensing issues.

PC Stations

PC and game console stations are checked out to individuals using a reservation system. Patrons are allowed four-hours of play a day. Staff in the media library can use this system to manage The Nest in the Media Library, the Discovery Park Library, and the Media Commons (consoles). This system allows staff to manage student use but also reserve space for open gaming. Open gaming time does not count against the students four-hour limit.

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Front desk staff have a monitor that displays all reservations for easier management.

Console Game Stations

Console stations include two consoles that are cable locked to the station. Each console is plugged into an HDMI switch that automatically changes the console input to the TV as each console is turned on. Console stations are equipped with a dedicated gigabit network link attached to the campus fiber optic network for ultra-low latency online gaming. Students can play their own digital content and save to the cloud.

Internet Access

PCs have access to the internet. All of the stations are equipped with a dedicated gigabit network link attached to the campus fiber optic network for ultra-low latency online gaming. PCs automatically log out a student when their reservation time is up. PCs are deep frozen so user data is wiped between sessions. Staff must input an administrative login for any executables and any games not saved to the cloud are lost.

The tech disables the deep freeze to update or add games as needed. 

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