PopCulture in the Lake City Community College Library

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

2006 Summer Gaming Event Draws a Different Crowd!

This event drew 53 registered gamers from LCCC, SFCC, SFHS, Bell, Branford HS, CHS, FWHS, Full Sail College, Homeschoolers and 25 other community members and LCCC staff. Those gamers who completed a survey indicated they appreciated having a challenging and fun event, and they liked having access to different games and meeting new people. Most responded that they would attend other college events like Jazz and Java, Rockin' in the Stacks, Book clubs and Cafe Politico.

Beaming Halo winner takes away prizes and Bawls energy drinks!

Carol Wise, French instructor at CHS, displays Dreamfall, a newly released adventure game that was donated by Aspyr, Inc. The game is usually promoted to the female gamer who enjoys futuristic and magical world settings.

The Halo tournament drew the biggest crowd this time. The warm up to the tournament was rowdy, but during the tournament, it was eerily quiet except for the occasional death moans.

The Tony Hawk Skateboarding game was a popular choice!

This time we nestled the DDR game behind the elevator, and dancers seemed to appreciate being in a more private spot!

Sean, our library's most loyal booklover and student, brought his three children and wife to the event. Here he is demonstrating to his boys how to play the PC game Spiderman!

August 25, 2006 Welcome to the NEFLIN Gaming Presentation!

Many students participated in the planning and management of this event. A special thanks to Tyrone Samuels (lower right) who initiated the sponsorship with the local T-shirt business HeadFirst, volunteered to manage the Tony Hawk tournament, and stayed late into the night helping to get the library back into order.

Diane, Roseanne, Monica, Patti, Jeanne, Sheree, Lindsay, Todd, Ronna, Geadon, Darlene, Carla, Melissa, Judy, Marlene, Cindy, Shirley, and Marlene!

Thanks for the opportunity to share this most unusual library program experience.

I have a few hand-outs, but most of the information can be accessed from this blog. Hopefully you will post your comments, suggestions and questions at this site, too.

With your participation, we could create a FAQ on this site that may be helpful for other librarians.


PopCulture Blog tells the story

Does gaming belong in the library?
Games, Information & Learning LIS course at University of Illinois
http://www.isrl.uiuc.edu/~gasser/ courses/gil/gil-long.html

Beck, John C. (2004) Got Game: how the gamer generation is reshaping business forever. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Gee, James Paul. (2003). What Video Games Have to Teach Us. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Koster, Raph. A Theory of Fun (2005). . Scottsdale, AZ: Paraglyph Press.

Steinmetz, William. (2004). LAN Party: hosting the ultimate frag fest.
Indianapolis: Wiley Publishing Company.

George Needleham's entire power point "Gaming in Libraries" http://gaminginlibraries.org/2005symposium/

Console and PC games - reviews from a gamer (hand-out)

People you need -
Computer tech
tournament manager and photograher (hand-out)
sponsor contact
food person

Stuff you need -
large monitors, couches and comfy chairs preferable, Xboxes and PlayStations, BYOControllers, the games, hubs, network cable, extension cords, remotes for monitors, power strips, consoles, controllers, games, food and drink, music and speakers, people who know how to run a tournament, photographer, microphone and someone who knows the gamer lingo, a blog or website.

Tournament programs or just for fun? What is your situation?

Try out Wild Divine bio-feedback game or Dreamfall xbox game.

Jeff Han's Research (Online Video) http://www.ted.com/tedtalks/

Thank you for posting your comments!