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Get Your Game On! Video Games in the Library

  1. 1. Get Your Game On! Video Games in the Library Manga, MP3s, and MMOGS, Oh My! by Beth Gallaway © 2006 licensed for Simmons GSLIS
  2. 2. Gaming is the medium of choice for the millennial generation
  3. 3. “ Most frequent gameplayers” > 18* <ul><li>35% </li></ul>* ESA. Top 10 Facts. http://www.theesa.com/facts/top_10_facts.php
  4. 4. Teens that play games online** <ul><li>81% </li></ul>** Lenhart, Amanda et al. &quot;Teens and Technology: Youth are Leading the Transition to a Fully Wired and Mobile Nation.&quot; Family, Friends & Community. Pew Internet & American Life Project. July 2005. http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/162/report_display.asp
  5. 5. E-rated games sold in 2005* <ul><li>85% </li></ul>* ESA. Top 10 Facts. http://www.theesa.com/facts/top_10_facts.php
  6. 6. Women over age 18 and boys age 6-17 who play games* <ul><li>28% </li></ul><ul><li>21% </li></ul>* ESA. Top 10 Facts. http://www.theesa.com/facts/top_10_facts.php
  7. 7. Games are like books, they are just another new format
  8. 8. The Gamer Generation TM Characteristics * <ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Competitive </li></ul><ul><li>Wired </li></ul><ul><li>Self-aware </li></ul><ul><li>Always On </li></ul><ul><li>Heroic </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-taskers </li></ul><ul><li>Global </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Risk Takers </li></ul>Beck, John C. & Mitchell Wade. Got Game? How the Gamer Generation is Reshaping Business Forever . Cambridge MA: Harvard Business School, 2004.
  9. 9. Learning principles in games*** <ul><li>Risk –tasking in a “safe” environment </li></ul><ul><li>Rewarding of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Use of affinity groups </li></ul><ul><li>Probing cycles </li></ul><ul><li>Situated meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Self-knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Identity formation </li></ul>*** Gee, James Paul. What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy . Palgrave McMillan, 2003
  10. 10. Side Effects of Video Games <ul><li>Hand-eye coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Pattern Recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Reading & Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Physics </li></ul><ul><li>Math </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Geography/Map Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Social Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring & Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Problem Solving </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>High self-esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Loyalty </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>Calculated, Strategic Risk-taking </li></ul><ul><li>Fun </li></ul>
  11. 11. DDR screenshot
  12. 12. 7 Developmental Needs of Adolescents* <ul><li>positive social interaction with adults & peers </li></ul><ul><li>structure and clear limits </li></ul><ul><li>physical activity </li></ul><ul><li>creative expression </li></ul><ul><li>competence and achievement </li></ul><ul><li>meaningful participation in families, school, </li></ul><ul><li>communities </li></ul><ul><li>opportunities for self-definition </li></ul>NMSA. NMSA Research Summaries. Young Adolescents Developmental Needs (1996) http://www.nmsa.org/Research/ResearchSummaries/Summary5/tabid/257/Default.aspx
  13. 13. Gaming Reinforces New Literacies <ul><li>Exposing Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Employing Information </li></ul><ul><li>Expressing Ideas Compellingly </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics on the Internet </li></ul>Warlick, David. ”The New Literacies.” Scholastic Administrator. Mar-Apr2005 http://www.scholastic.com/administrator/marapr05/articles.asp?article= newlit
  14. 14. Exposing Knowledge <ul><li>Find information </li></ul><ul><li>Understand and explain found information regardless of its format </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate information </li></ul><ul><li>Organize information </li></ul>
  15. 15. http://www.runescape.com Runescape
  16. 16. World of Warcraft Example of information gathering in game
  17. 17. Employing Information <ul><li>Computation </li></ul><ul><li>Measurement </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Application </li></ul>
  18. 18. Lemonade Stand http://www.lemonadegame.com
  19. 19. Set Game http://www. setgame .com
  20. 20. Expressing Ideas Compellingly <ul><li>Mechanics matter </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity & efficiency highly rated </li></ul><ul><li>Text, images, audio, and video are used to express ideas in many digital formats </li></ul>
  21. 21. Fan Fiction http://www.fanfiction.net/cat/209/
  22. 22. Warcraft Tutorial Warcraft Movies Red Vs. Blue This Spartan Life Machinima
  23. 23. Podcasting <ul><li>Mugglecast </li></ul>
  24. 24. Ethics on the Internet <ul><li>Modding – recreating game content </li></ul><ul><li>FanFic – writing stories about characters created/owner by someone else </li></ul><ul><li>Machina – films/videos created through recording video game play </li></ul>
  25. 25. Success Stories
  26. 26. Success Stories <ul><li>Santa Monica Public Library (CA) held a Counterstrike LAN party </li></ul><ul><li>Ann Arbor District Library (MI) hosts Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, and DDR tournaments for teens, adults and children </li></ul><ul><li>North Hunterdon High School (NJ) hosts a student-run game night in the cafeteria </li></ul><ul><li>Kansas City Public Library (Central) hosts a Runescape Marathon </li></ul>
  27. 27. Success Stories <ul><li>East Brunswick Public Library (NJ) has been circulating games for 16 years </li></ul><ul><li>Austin Public Library (TX) Wired for Youth hosted a Video Game Design Camp </li></ul><ul><li>University of Waterloo Library uses a video game to train library staff in GovInfo Reference questions </li></ul><ul><li>Carencro High School (LA) hosts a Game Academy for future game designers </li></ul>
  28. 28. Success Stories <ul><li>Jervis Public Library (NY) incorporated games into the Teen Summer Reading Program </li></ul><ul><li>Flint Memorial Library (MA) had a Game Night program </li></ul><ul><li>Tulsa City-County Library (OK) has a Gaming Council </li></ul><ul><li>Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (NC) hosted a Halo Tournament for adults 18+ </li></ul>
  29. 29. Success Stories <ul><li>Best Practices: Library Success Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.libsuccess.org </li></ul>
  30. 30. Dance Dance Revolution Free Play & Tournaments <ul><li>Sellers Library (PA) </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas Ford Memorial Library (IL) </li></ul><ul><li>Tipton County Public Library (IN) </li></ul><ul><li>Bloomington Public Library (IL) </li></ul><ul><li>Ann Arbor District Library (MI) </li></ul>
  31. 31. DDR Screenshot
  32. 32. Teens playing Dance Dance Revolution
  33. 33. Teens playing Dance Dance Revolution
  34. 34. DDR Recipe for Success <ul><li>One console ( $100-400) </li></ul><ul><li>2-4 dance pads ( $20-300) </li></ul><ul><li>1 game ( $25-60) </li></ul><ul><li>1 LCD projector </li></ul><ul><li>1 one large screen or white wall </li></ul><ul><li>plenty of drinks! </li></ul>
  35. 35. DDR / Guitar Hero @ the Library was … <ul><li>“ Awesome cuz everyone gets along with each other, there’s no waiting in line or nething (sic). Plus guitar hero is a wicked rad game.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It was fun because im (sic) learning to play guitar” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I loved ddr I just started playing and when I started playing I really stunk…then I played for 7 hours then im (sic). really good I love ddr now!!! </li></ul>
  36. 36. DDR / Guitar Hero @ the Library was … <ul><li>“ I liked this because there’s too few of the DDR community around. This is a good opportunity to meet people with like interests.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I had a really awesome time. I saw a lot of my friends I haven’t seen a few weeks and months. It was entertaing (sic) because DDr is a really big game now. It’s a lot of fun too!” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Ddr+gutiart hero= fun” </li></ul>
  37. 37. WHAT IF I AM NOT READY TO DO A GAMING PROGRAM?
  38. 38. 7 THINGS YOU CAN DO TOMORROW to make your library welcoming to gamers <ul><li>Use games to do readers advisory   </li></ul><ul><li>Be a strategy guide </li></ul><ul><li>Embrace your inner technogeek </li></ul><ul><li>Be flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Plan change </li></ul><ul><li>Immerse yourself in pop culture … especially video game culture </li></ul><ul><li>Try some games! </li></ul>
  39. 39. 1. READER’S ADVISORY <ul><li>INSTEAD OF: </li></ul><ul><li>What authors do you like to read? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the last 3 books you read and enjoyed? </li></ul><ul><li>What did you like about them? </li></ul><ul><li>ASK: </li></ul><ul><li>What movies do you like? </li></ul><ul><li>What TV shows do you watch? </li></ul><ul><li>What games do you play? </li></ul>
  40. 40. Roleplaying/MMORPG Games <ul><li>GAMES: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everquest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Runescape </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>World of Warcraft </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dark Age of Camelot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ultima </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SUGGEST: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>epic fantasy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>historical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>war </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authurian legend </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fractured fairy tales </li></ul></ul>
  41. 41. Historical Simulation Games <ul><li>GAMES: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Civilization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Caesar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Age of Empires </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oregon Trail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>America’s Army? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SUGGEST: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>biographies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>historical fiction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mythology </li></ul></ul>
  42. 42. Sports Games <ul><li>GAMES: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Madden Football </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NBA Street </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need for Speed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tiger Woods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Golf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WWF </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SUGGEST: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>adventure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>biographies </li></ul></ul>
  43. 43. Strategy & Puzzle Games <ul><li>GAMES: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Myst </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tetris </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bejeweled </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SUGGEST: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>mystery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>thrillers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>travel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>puzzle books </li></ul></ul>
  44. 44. First Person Shooters (FPS) <ul><li>GAMES: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Doom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Halo </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SUGGEST: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>military fiction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>horror </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>apocalyptic fiction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>science fiction </li></ul></ul>
  45. 45. Simulations <ul><li>GAMES: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Sims </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Urbz </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SUGGEST: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sociology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dysfunction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>romance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>architecture </li></ul></ul>
  46. 46. Japanese/Manga tie-in <ul><li>GAMES: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Katamari Damacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final Fantasy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dragonball Z </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pokemon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SUGGEST: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>manga </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Japanese culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>graphic novels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>drawing books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>anime films </li></ul></ul>
  47. 47. Superhero Games <ul><li>GAMES: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spider-Man </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fantastic Four </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City of Heros </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SUGGEST: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>comic books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>graphic novels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>biographies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mythology </li></ul></ul>
  48. 48. 10 YOUNG ADULT NOVELS WITH GAMING PLOTS <ul><li>Bloor, Edward. Crusader . </li></ul><ul><li>Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game . </li></ul><ul><li>Horowitz, Anthony. Eagle Strike . </li></ul><ul><li>Lubar, David. Wizards of the Game . </li></ul><ul><li>Skurzynski, Gloria. The Virtual War . </li></ul><ul><li>Tangherlini, Arne. [email_address] . </li></ul><ul><li>Vande Velde, Vivian. Heir Apparent . </li></ul><ul><li>Vande Velde, Vivian. User Unfriendly . </li></ul><ul><li>Werlin, Nancy. Locked Inside . </li></ul><ul><li>Wieler, Diana. Ran Van series. </li></ul>
  49. 49. NONFICTION <ul><li>Compton, Shanna. Gamers: </li></ul><ul><li>DeMaria, Russel & Johnny L. Wilson. High Score! </li></ul><ul><li>Weiss, D. B. Lucky Wander Boy .  </li></ul><ul><li>Official Prima Strategy Guides. Prima. </li></ul><ul><li>AD&D Player’s Handbook . </li></ul><ul><li>Moursund, Beth. Magic: The Gathering: Official Strategy Guide . </li></ul>
  50. 50. GAMING MAGAZINES <ul><li>Computer Gaming World </li></ul><ul><li>Dragon </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Gaming Monthly </li></ul><ul><li>Game Informer </li></ul><ul><li>Game Pro </li></ul><ul><li>Nintendo Power </li></ul><ul><li>Official X-Box </li></ul><ul><li>PC Gamer </li></ul><ul><li>Play </li></ul><ul><li>Playstation & PS2 </li></ul><ul><li>Tips & Tricks </li></ul>
  51. 51. HOMEWORK for LIBRARIANS <ul><li>Beck, John C. & Mitchell Wade. Got Game? How the Gamer Generation is Reshaping Business Forever . </li></ul><ul><li>Gee, James Paul. What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy . </li></ul><ul><li>Howe, Neil. Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation . </li></ul><ul><li>Jenkins, Henry III and Justine Cassell. From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games . </li></ul>
  52. 52. HOMEWORK for LIBRARIANS <ul><li>Johnson, Steven. Everything Bad is Good For You: How Today’s Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter . </li></ul><ul><li>Katz, John. Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho . </li></ul><ul><li>Prensky, Marc. Don’t Bother Me Mom--I’m Learning . </li></ul><ul><li>Tapscott, Don. Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation . </li></ul>
  53. 53. 2. BE A STRATEGY GUIDE <ul><li>Don’t be a level boss. </li></ul><ul><li>Show, don’t tell. </li></ul><ul><li>Make it interactive. </li></ul><ul><li>Get them started. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a free-for-all. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for a demo of expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Be open-minded </li></ul>
  54. 54. 3. EMBRACE YOUR INNER TECHNOGEEK <ul><li>Upgrade. </li></ul><ul><li>Get a screen name. </li></ul><ul><li>You can’t break it. </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Read tech news. </li></ul>
  55. 55. 4. BE FLEXIBLE <ul><li>Change the space. </li></ul><ul><li>Say yes. </li></ul><ul><li>Go meta. </li></ul><ul><li>Customize. </li></ul><ul><li>Change yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible furnishings. </li></ul>
  56. 56. Cylinder Stool & Tray <ul><li>Stool: $124-$134 </li></ul><ul><li>Tray: $50 </li></ul><ul><li>Stacks & Stacks </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.stacksandstacks.com </li></ul>
  57. 57. Block Stool & Tray <ul><li>Stool: $124-$134 </li></ul><ul><li>Tray: $50 </li></ul><ul><li>Stacks & Stacks </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.stacksandstacks.com </li></ul>
  58. 58. Video Rocker <ul><li>Single: $79-139 </li></ul><ul><li>Double: $199-239 </li></ul><ul><li>Pottery Barn Teen </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.pbteen.com </li></ul>
  59. 59. Swivel Tray Armchair <ul><li>Nelson 605 Armchair </li></ul><ul><li>Walter Knoll </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.architonic.com </li></ul>
  60. 60. Storage Ottoman <ul><li>Faux Leather Storage Ottoman $69.99 </li></ul><ul><li>Bed Bath & Beyond </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com </li></ul>
  61. 61. Beanbag Chairs <ul><li>Beanbags: $39-79 </li></ul><ul><li>JC Penney </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.jcpenney.com </li></ul>
  62. 62. Floor Cushions <ul><li>Beanbags: $39 </li></ul><ul><li>JC Penney </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.jcpenney.com </li></ul>
  63. 63. Neat Seat Foam Cube <ul><li>Beanbags: $25 </li></ul><ul><li>JC Penney </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.jcpenney.com </li></ul>
  64. 64. 5. PLAN CHANGE <ul><li>Sticky content for your website </li></ul><ul><li>Sticky content for your facility </li></ul><ul><li>Accept change </li></ul><ul><li>Write it into the long range plan </li></ul>
  65. 65. 6. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN POP CULTURE <ul><li>Know what’s hot/what’s not. </li></ul><ul><li>Pop goes the library </li></ul><ul><li>Know about crossovers. </li></ul>
  66. 66. … ESPECIALLY VIDEO GAME CULTURE <ul><li>Watch Red Vs. Blue . </li></ul><ul><li>Read Penny Acade or PvP . </li></ul><ul><li>View PBS’s Culture Shock You Decide: Video Games . </li></ul><ul><li>Skim gaming magazines. </li></ul><ul><li>Link . </li></ul><ul><li>Pay attention to gaming news. </li></ul>
  67. 67. … Video Game Culture <ul><li>Join the LibGaming Google Group at http://groups.google.com/group/libgaming </li></ul><ul><li>Read the Game On! Video Games in Libraries blog at http://libgaming.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>Take an online class on Video Games and Libraries from Simmons GSLIS http://www. simmons . edu / gslis / </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in the YALSA gaming interest group. </li></ul><ul><li>Attend YALSA’s Teens & Technology Midwinter Institute in 2007. </li></ul>
  68. 68. 7. TRY SOME GAMES <ul><li>Girl Tech Games Cafe </li></ul><ul><li>J Otto Seibold </li></ul><ul><li>Neopets </li></ul><ul><li>Penguin Baseball </li></ul><ul><li>Playfirst </li></ul><ul><li>Pogo </li></ul><ul><li>Queen Bee Games </li></ul><ul><li>Runescape </li></ul><ul><li>Set Game </li></ul><ul><li>Shockwave </li></ul><ul><li>Snood </li></ul><ul><li>Applecore </li></ul><ul><li>Bejewled </li></ul><ul><li>Bob the Blob </li></ul><ul><li>Bonus </li></ul><ul><li>Caboodle </li></ul><ul><li>Chicktionary </li></ul><ul><li>CityCafe </li></ul><ul><li>Diner Dash </li></ul><ul><li>FUNBRAIN </li></ul><ul><li>Gaiam </li></ul><ul><li>Girls Go Tech </li></ul>http://home.comcast.net/~begallaway/gamelist.html
  69. 69. Your Success Story In Print! <ul><li>Game On! Gaming and Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Neal-Schuman </li></ul><ul><li>email Beth at [email_address] </li></ul>

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