Gaming Tip Sheet (Updated June 2, 2015)

Please read before playing!
 
To maximize your gaming experience:

  • We have 2 custom-designed HP Envy 700-329 PCs pre-loaded with games
  • Sign out a gaming headset from the Info desk (or use your own) and plug it in to the headphone/Mic jack before playing. Some games will not launch without an output device plugged in.
  • Check the “Games” folder on the desktop to see the available games on this computer or launch Steam
  • Many of the games are on Steam. If you’d like to see which, double-click the Steam icon and click “library.” Non-Steam games/game-related apps can be launched from the “Games” folder
  • All the games are either Steam cloud enabled or multiplayer/session-based, so your game progress should be unaffected. You may need to sign up for your own MMO game account
  • To ensure that your Steam save games are saved to the cloud, allow a few minutes after you exit the game for Steam to sync before your timed session ends. You can check this progress in the Steam library
  • Each gaming session is 60 minutes and can be booked online. You may extend your session depending on computer availability, please check with the Info desk
  • Each computer has its own games plus some shared games through APL’s main Steam account. Only 1 computer at a time may play the shared games. When shared games are available, you will see a “play” button, when they are being played by someone else, you will see a “buy” button
  • The games were chosen to provide a good mix of genres, mainstream vs indie, content and budget. We may consider getting specific titles if there is enough demand for them
  • Please look after the equipment; if the computers are damaged, this will lead to down time and will only affect the gamers
  • If you’ve enjoyed this feature at your library, please consider giving feedback or complete a survey if asked!

 
Happy gaming!
 

Acknowledgements:

Computer case design by Airdrie Artist, Veronica Funk. 

University of Calgary Digital Commons – Renee Reaume, Dylan Tretault and Jed Baker for their time and advice.