International Games Day 2016 had 1,730 libraries from around the world participate.
We appreciate everyone who took the time to reply to our after-event survey. We received 483 replies.
380 of our survey respondents gave attendance figures. The average per library was 46 attendees. The flat average for 1,730 registered libraries equals approximately 79,580 attendees.
We had an abundance of helpful and positive responses to our question: Is there anything else you would like to share about International Games Day or gaming in libraries?
- I think gaming is a critical way to learn and it's important that libraries embrace it!
- It was a great day and my managers are planning to run the event again next year. We are also launching a board games library for our borrowers to play in the library. Due to the success of the day, there are also discussions on either starting a regular group or running a similar event more than once per year.
- This program is a lot of fun for both the patrons and the staff. Every year we have some new patrons who are blown away by our board game collection and when they hear there is a day when all the games are out and we encourage patrons to play all day..they get so excited! Such a great opportunity and fun time for all.
- I simply think that gaming in libraries is a fun and engaging way to get students and patrons in the door and aware of the other services offered by libraries. It shatters stereotypes and brings people together. I definitely plan to do more game days and to make IGD a more major event each year.
- I think IGD is a fun and exciting way to get people more involved with libraries. Several individuals have approached us about hosting routine game events at our location, which we think is terrific. Any way to reach out to more people is a good thing.
- Great opportunity for positive interaction with diverse members of the general community.
- I love it. I think gaming in libraries is not done enough. People who game, in my personal experience, are always looking for new people to play with. Especially if they're very into a certain game or need new blood in an RPG. This is a great way to get gamers in one room and have them meet, talk, and play.
- This is a great idea. It's inspired our library to have monthly game evenings for families. People have asked about game days ever since we held our first IGD, so we had a few in the past year. Everyone enjoys them!
- IGD was a great opportunity to really highlight the significance of gaming in libraries. I've been encouraging all kinds of people to join in on the fun of our monthly game nights and have witnessed several new budding friendships occur over good competition. Everyone who attends learns how to play new games and engage new modes of problem-solving.
2016 Donors and Donations
The International Games Day Committee would like to thank our donors for making this day great with their generous donations. This year our donors were Asterion, Breakout EDU, Bridgeside Interactive, Cheap Ass Games, Glass Plate Game, Good Games, OnePlay, OzAnimart, Paizo, Prima Games, Red Glove Games, Simon & Schuster, Sleeping Beast Games, Steve Jackson Games, and Vested Interest. Many times these games are the foundation for building a library's game collection.
Here are a few of the many thanks for the donated games:
- Thank you so much! This game will get a lot of future play in our library.
- Thank you so much for the games! The patrons had a blast with them.
- Thank you for your generosity!!
- We have so many great games in our games library because of your sponsorship this year and in the past. Thank you!!!
- Thanks so much for the free games! I have a very limited school library budget and these games are appreciated.
- Thank you so much for your support of libraries and International Games Day.
- Thank you for generously donating these games! International Games Day would not be possible at our small library without generous donors like you.
- We greatly appreciate your donation. We hope to keep growing our game library for future game events and the next International Games Day!
What were your goals for IGD?
|To provide a source of entertainment for members of the community||78.79%||353|
|To increase the library's role as a community hub||74.55%||334|
|To provide an additional service for a group of active library users||59.15%||265|
|To encourage interaction between diverse members of the community||58.24%||258|
|To offer intergenerational gaming||51.56%||231|
|To introduce users to other library services||50.45%||226|
|To create publicity for the library||44.42%||199|
|To attract an underserved group of users to the library||37.72%||169|
|To develop new forms of literacy (media literacy, game literacy)||34.15%||153|
|To allow users to improve their skills/knowledge||23.21%||104|
|To develop traditional literacy skills||12.28%||55|
- Draw attention to gaming in other mediums, like novelizations of games (ex. The Silver Eyes)
- To encourage patrons of entertainment options at the library, beyond books, movies and music
- Foster a more favorable perception of the library; support students in game design courses
- Program planning project for Teen Service Learning
- To promote a culture of gaming
- To market the games available to community members.
- To offer stress relief to members of our community
|How much money did you spend on staff?||$123.89 (mean)|
|How much money did you spend on materials?||$92.88 (mean)|
|How much money did you spend on food?||$47.33 (mean)|
Which of the following activities were part of your IGD program?
|Console Video Games (Wii, Xbox, PlayStation)||44.37%||197|
|Collectible Card Games||27.25%||121|
|Other (Ping Pong, Virtual Reality, Hour of Code, Lego, Retro Arcade Games, Escape Room)||15.54%||69|
The top 10 games played at IGD were:
|Name||# of Libraries|
|Super Smash Brothers||47|
What barriers prevent you from running more gaming programs in your library?
|Not enough staff||56.55%||233|
|Not enough money||33.01%||136|
|Not enough space||31.80%||131|
|Not enough community interest||27.18%||112|
|Need more training for staff||15.05%||62|
|Policies prohibit gaming||2.18%||9|
- Not in our mission
- More of a focus on maker programming
- Management worried about negative publicity
Which of the following best describes your library?
|High School (ages 14-18)||1.45%||7|
|Middle School (ages 11-13)||1.24%||6|
|Elementary/Primary School (ages 5-10 years)||.62%||3|
|Other (small town, campus, regional)||1.66%||8|
Does your library have a game collection (digital/tabletop games, consoles, etc.)?
What consoles does your library own?
|Microsoft Xbox 360||17.18%||56|
|Microsoft Xbox One||15.64%||51|
|Nintendo DS (any version)||11.96%||39|
|Nintendo Wii U||61.66%||201|
|Sony PlayStation 2||21.78%||71|
|Sony PlayStation 3||13.80%||45|
|Sony PlayStation 4||19.02%||62|
|Sony PlayStation Portable/Vita||1.84%||6|
- Super Nintendo
- Touchit (interactive touch screen)
- AWE station (educational games)
- Steam computer
- Raspberry Pi Play
International Games Day is run by a small group of volunteers and our goal is to improve this event each year. This year we asked specifically what we can do and received lots of good ideas. We are in the process of updating the blog to make it more helpful. There are also a few other items up our sleeves that might require some help from our participants. We’ll put a call out in February 2017 for blog posts and help with worldwide events.
Remember that you can transform your library through play!
We hope you had a fun International Games Day!
Now it's time to tell us the specifics so that we can let everyone know what happened in libraries around the world. Please take a few moments to fill out the survey at http://bit.ly/IGD2016Survey.
Your contribution is important because it's the numbers and stories that illustrate the true power of libraries in general and gaming in libraries in particular. Next year, when we begin approaching donors, partners, and the media, we'll be sharing this year's results with them so it's important that you tell us what happened at your library. We'd also love to hear your suggestions for how to improve the event for next year.
Thanks for participating this year, and we look forward to gaming with you again next year!
International Games Day is here and libraries from around the world are participating! Use the tag #ALAIGD when posting your event to social media.
As promised, the Spaceteam IGD Special Event is here! Libraries around the world can download this free game and display their skills at keeping their spaceship in working order through cooperative shouting.
- Make sure your players have the latest version of Spaceteam: 2.1 (available now on the App Store or Google Play)
- Make sure your players use the official Event Code: IGD and pick their own team name. This must be done in the app in Upgrades -> Events (see image)
- Players will need an internet connection for their score to show up on the leaderboard but they can play offline and the results will be cached and sent as soon as they are connected again.
This is the web page you should use at the event: http://leaderboard.spaceteam.ca/event/IGD
(Ideally, this page would be prominently displayed somewhere everyone can see it, eg. on a projector or large monitor or TV.)
As each team finishes a game, their score will show up on the leaderboard and on the map (there is a separate tab labeled "Map"). The page automatically refreshes every 60 seconds to show the latest data as it comes in.
You are encouraged to test this feature ahead of time using a different arbitrary event code of your choice (eg. "igdtest" and corresponding web page: http://leaderboard.spaceteam.ca/event/igdtest). There is a chance that your library Wifi network will not allow devices to connect to each other. If this is the case then you may have to set up a Wifi hotspot or have a dedicated Wifi router for the event.
The International Games Day Committee wants to give a special thanks to Henry Smith for this great event!
Vested Interest has kindly donated their abstract puzzle experience, simian.interface++, to libraries participating in International Games Day. This award-winning digital game has no explicit rules, no instructions, and very simple controls. Simian.interface++ is a single-player game that presents challenges that must be solved using pattern recognition, intuition, and experimentation.
This game is suitable for children of all ages. This game displays properly in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese, but is designed to be played by applying spatial reasoning and intuition, so users don't need to be able to read the text to play.
Register here to receive one of the 2000 promotional codes for this digital game. Any worldwide IGD or Nordic Game Day participant can register. Registration for the drawing will close on November 17th.
Thank you Vested Interest for donating to International Games Day!