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Get Your Game On


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Presentation by Dylan Baker for the 2008 Southwest Idaho Library Association Conference on April 9th, 2008.

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Get Your Game On

  1. 1. Get Your Game On Video Games for All Ages @ Your Library Dylan Baker Ada Community Library & Special Projects Library Action Team [email_address]
  2. 2. The Right NOT to Read <ul><li>“ Libraries must understand that non-readers are a tax paying part of our service group who deserve some kind return on their dollar, without having librarians look down their nose at them. As scary as it may sound, people do have a right NOT to read.” </li></ul><ul><li>— Steve Bertrand, Assistant Director of Kankakee Public Library </li></ul>Source: The Right NOT to Read , She Said/He Said: Kanakee Public Library Blog on May 8, 2007
  3. 3. This is a Library, Not an Arcade… <ul><li>“ WHY? For the love of dear old Melvil Dewey, why would we take our hallowed houses of learning and sully them with these vile, prurient, mind-rotting entertainments?” </li></ul><ul><li>— Eli Neiburger, forthcoming book about gaming in libraries </li></ul>Source: Jenny Levine’s “Gaming in the Library” SirsiDynix Presentation on Mar 13, 2007
  4. 4. … and Other Entirely Artificial Distinctions <ul><li>“ Well, it’s a fair question, so long as you remember that they were saying exactly the same thing about Pride and Prejudice not that long ago. Minus the Dewey part, of course.” </li></ul><ul><li>— Eli Neiburger, forthcoming book about gaming in libraries </li></ul>Source: Jenny Levine’s “Gaming in the Library” SirsiDynix Presentation on Mar 13, 2007
  5. 5. Are We Listening? <ul><li>“ About one-half of the participants in the younger groups identified video games as a source of entertainment. Those who played said that they would usually either rent a game or buy it, although both of these were perceived to be expensive.” </li></ul>Source: Perceptions of Idaho’s Digital Natives on Public Library prepared for Idaho Commission for Libraries; August 2007
  6. 6. Who Is Today’s Gamer? You Have No Idea <ul><li>“ Can you guess who's at the control of this video-game screen? If you said a teenager, you're only 17% right. In fact, it could be a senior citizen or a young kid, a fan of global multiplayer fantasy games, or a sudoku fiend.” </li></ul><ul><li>— Beth Snyder Bulik </li></ul>Source: Who Is Today’s Gamer? You Have No Idea , Advertising Age on May 14, 2007
  7. 7. Video Games <ul><li>Disc or cartridge media </li></ul><ul><li>Playable on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>consoles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nintendo </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sony </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>See also </li></ul><ul><ul><li>computer games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet games </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Pick Your Platforms <ul><li>Old Generation (6 th ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sony PlayStation 2  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nintendo GameCube  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Xbox </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Next Generation (7 th ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nintendo Wii  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Xbox 360  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sony PlayStation 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Handhelds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nintendo Gameboy Advance  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nintendo DS  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sony PlayStation Portable </li></ul></ul>Source: Video game console , Wikipedia on May 17, 2007
  9. 9. Achievement Unlocked <ul><li>Video Game Collection @ ACL (as of Feb ‘05) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20 games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>0 circs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~$400 cost </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video Game Collection @ ACL (as of May ‘07) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>414 games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6449 circs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>15+ average circs/game </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~$10,000 cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>~$1.50 cost/circ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. New High Score! <ul><li>Video Game Collection @ ACL (as of April ‘08) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>634 games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>16451 circs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>25+ average circs/game </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~$18,000 cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>~$1.10 cost/circ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Video Game Programs
  12. 12. Video Game Programs
  13. 13. Where to “Start” <ul><li>TV or digital projector (with speakers) </li></ul><ul><li>Video game console </li></ul><ul><ul><li>new, used or donated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video games </li></ul>
  14. 14. How to “Continue” <ul><li>Snacks & drinks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>chips, vegetables, soda, juice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Prizes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>gift cards, games, systems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More of Everything </li></ul><ul><ul><li>consoles, games, accessories </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. ESRB & U <ul><li>Entertainment Software Rating Board </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EC (Early Childhood) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ages 3 and up </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E (Everyone) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ages 6 and up </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ages 10 and up </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>T (Teen) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ages 13 and up </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. LSTA Grants <ul><li>Gamer’s Guild </li></ul><ul><ul><li>funding for six Wiis, six projectors and more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>only required 25% match </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Instructions and Applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Gamers… in the Library <ul><li>Subtitle: The Why, What, and How of Videogame Tournaments for All Ages </li></ul><ul><li>Written by Eli Neiburger, Technology Manager at the Ann Arbor District Library </li></ul><ul><li>$42 from the ALA Store </li></ul><ul><li>… or your local library </li></ul>
  18. 18. Gaming Resources <ul><li>Game On: Games in Libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LibGaming Google Group </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LibSuccess Wiki: Gaming </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Metacritic: Game Reviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>School Library Journal: Console Video Games Review </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>