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Gaming and Libraries

Xbox Kinect

The 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known simply as E3, took place this past week. E3 2010 is the largest video game conference and press event in the US, and is the stage from which nearly all revolutionary new products and games are announced. So what was the major announcement...

ALA Presents an Online Toolkit for Building Gaming @ Your Library

When a new trend emerges and grows as quickly as gaming in libraries has, those of us who weren't involved at an early stage can sometimes feel like they've been left behind. In all likelihood, there are librarians all over the country who have heard about the growing role that gaming is playing in many libraries and would like to expand its role in their own libraries as well, but just don't...

Amazon Expands into Gaming

The economy may not be growing, but Amazon certainly is. Amazon's reach now extends to the gaming world, as they launched a new retail site aimed at "casual" gamers that will allow users to download games at less than ten dollars each. According to CNET: The launch comes just a little over two months since Amazon acquired Reflexive Entertainment, a casual-game service that is still selling...

Discrimination Against Gamers?

There's been some discussion on the web about whether or not employers should be discriminating against gamers, given some claims that people who use their computers to play games will inevitably do so at the office and thus be less productive employees. A vigorous discussion on has broken out here. Is this a vicious stereotype? Is there some truth to it? It seems like there's a lot of mixed...

Alternate Reality Games

In a Techsource post a couple of months ago, I talked about the hot video games for the Fall and holiday season. This time around, I want to introduce readers to a type of game that they might not be aware of: the Alternate Reality Game, or ARG. ARG's are becoming more and more popular, and libraries need to be aware of them and ready to embrace them. So what is an ARG? An ARG is a game that...

National Gaming Day at My Public Library

Strike!Originally uploaded by cindiannSaturday was National Gaming Day, and my kids and I braved the cold, wet weather to check out the Wii games at the Village Branch of the Lexington Public Library. The staff report that the crowd was smaller than other weeknight gaming events, but they were no less enthusiastic! The kids were playing Wii Bowling when we first arrived; here is the group's...

Happy Gaming Day greeting from an old friend

In response to the video, a colleague posted the following on Teresa’s Facebook page: "I love working with you. You understand how to market today's library." Where did she pick that up!!!? Jenny, Michael, Karen, TechSource readers and Teresa caught the bug. She could leave the library association, but she's still got a bit of library in her.

Video Coverage of the Gaming Symposium

Our friends at AL Focus have once again provided some great video coverage, this time from last week's Gaming, Learning and Libraries Symposium. To relive your fantastic memories, or to find out how much fun you missed, check out this post by Greg Landgraf.

More on the Gaming Symposium at American Libraries

Greg Landgraf at American Libraries has some outstanding coverage of the symposium over at AL Inside Scoop. You can read his detailed and comprehensive coverage symposium events here, here, here and here.

More Than Just a Game...

My parents never bought me a Nintendo when I was a kid. They had this crazy idea that reading was the best way for me to learn and entertain myself, so I had to go over to my neighbors house when I wanted to play The Legend of Zelda or Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out. I’d go back home after playing and describe how cool these new games were to my parents, who inevitably rolled their eyes, frustrated at...

Hot Games for Fall 2008

The titanic battle of musical rythm games happens this Fall, when both Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band II will be released. Both are sequels to hugely successful games, and both games up the ante in their own way. Guitar Hero World Tour eschews the solo guitar as the ideal of rocking and adds the rest of the band--drums, microphone, and bass. The game setup is similar to Rock Band but there...