CORNING - Bored local kids on summer vacation were in luck Tuesday when a video game truck loaded with game consoles and flat screens stopped at the Southeast Steuben County Library for the day.
The GameTruck of Central New York rolled in behind the library Tuesday morning and didn't leave until the end of the day. The truck is based out of Cortland.
The truck is outfitted with multiple flat screen TVs, couches and several Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Wii U and Nintendo Switch consoles.
Players could choose from recent titles from franchises like Madden, NBA 2K, Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros and others.
“The game truck is a 30-foot mobile video game theater system,” GameTruck co-owner Alex Merkel said. “On the inside we have five TVs and one on the outside, and 13 video game consoles.”
Kids got the chance to play from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and teens from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Even adults got a chance to play from 4-6 p.m.
Only titles rated E-for-Everyone were available for kids, while teens had access to titles rated T-for-Teen. Adults had access to everything, including games rated M-for-Mature.
Southeast children’s librarian Sue McConnell said video games have several benefits for kids.
McConnell said video games require students to read directions and play together. And by playing together, she said video games encourage interaction with peers they might not interact with normally.
But she said the first reason the library booked the GameTruck is because who doesn’t like video games?
“Gaming is fun,” she said. “What other reason do you need?”
The library also hosts a game club from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursdays, ages 13-and-over. For more information, call (607) 936-3713.