Improving the relationship between the library and teens
Meeting the communities content needs
“ We’ve also learned that content is not just about text, and that media doesn’t have to be socially redeeming, or even any good, for our patrons to want to consume it…. … If we were supposed to restrict ourselves to offering materials with purely redeeming social qualities and educational value, we’d have to throw out half the collection.” Jenny Levine firstname.lastname@example.org February 4, 2008 -- Eli Neiburger, “Gamers…in the Library?”
http://www.popcap.com – Numerous “pick up and play” web games. All games are available online and should require no installation (note: some games might require an active x installation that will be prompted when starting a game. Once the active x program is installed, there shouldn’t be any other installations for other games). Great for all ages. - http://www.addictinggames.com – In the same vein as popcap. Some of the games may be more properly suited for older children - http://www.womgames.com/index.php - Home of the ever popular “snood”. Snood is a puzzle game that imitates the popular arcade game “bust a move”. I know quite a few people addicted to this one. - http://www.runescape.com – The popular free massively multiplayer game that sets players in a semi-medieval adventure. After researching, I’ve found a parents guide to the game located here: http://www.runescape.com/kbase/viewcategory.ws?ref=main&cat_id=884 It appears they have a chat filter built in the game to help prevent poor language. - http://www.battleon.com/ - This is the site for the very popular “adventure quest” game. Adventure quest is an online role playing game aimed at a younger audience. Resource sites - http://internetgames.about.com/library/glossary/blglossary.htm - About.com resource site for commonly used gaming jargon. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_games - Wikipedia entry on the history and future of video games. Interesting read! - http://www.esrb.org/index-js.jsp - The ESRB (entertainment software ratings board) is the standard for rating all games before they go to retail. These ratings help determine the age group and what content will be exposed with a game. You can also use this site to search for games for a certain age group.