International Games Week October 29 – November 4

International Games Week

Download the NGD11 Poster!

Posted on October 20, 2011

We're happy to announce that the NGD11 poster is now available in a few different options. You can print out an 8.5" x 11" flyer size or an 11" x 17" poster. There are two versions of each, one with the tagline "Game on @ your library" and a second with blank space where you can add information about your library. We've also posted high-resolution versions of the logo, suitable for printing.

Find all of these files on the Library Press Kit page. We hope you find them useful.

National Gaming Day 2011 poster

In other news, the map of participating libraries has been updated and now includes more than 1,200 locations. We'll do one more update of it in November, but libraries can keep registering in order to be eligible to win the DEMCO Gaming Gear Package.

All of the donations from official sponsor FamilyAndPartyGames.com have been claimed, and they're working on filling the list now. The games will ship in the next couple of weeks, so watch for them to start arriving in early November. We'll post another update when the shipments start to go out.

Eli Neiburger from the Ann Arbor District Library will be contacting all of the libraries that indicated on the registration form that they'll be participating in the video game tournaments (or even if you said "not sure yet"). Watch for an email from him soon, because you need to spend time testing before the big day in order for things to go smoothly.

Just over three weeks to go!

REVIEW: Super 7 (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)

Posted on October 7, 2011

WHAT? Super 7 is a simple puzzle game for the iPad/iPhone/iPod.  Using your finger, you draw lines between numbered hexagons and link them together to get to the number 7.  The key here is building up large hexagons to get more points.  Once the ball (or hexagon) gets rolling, the game gets faster and throws in negative numbers, special power ups, and more.  These additions take the puzzle element to the next level.

 

WHY? Simple and easy to pick up, Super 7 is a great way to get into gaming on the iPad.  It shows how simple gaming on the iPad just using your finger to contribute to the action should be.  It’s not overly clunky and all that it takes is for the player to simply draw a line.  Anyone could get into this game and younger children could perhaps learn something about numbers and math.

 

WHO? Well worth the 99 cents it costs to download the game, Super 7 is a great game that will provide a short spurt of fun to the player.  It could also be a great game for younger kids learning about numbers and math.  The action may get too intense (speed wise) for them once the numbers start flying, but a basic run through the game will help get them familiar with numbers and addition.

Download Super 7 here

 

Originally posted here on 10/4/2010

Get Your Game On, At The Library

Posted on October 6, 2011

Check out this video by the Cape May County Library in Cape May Court House, NJ about how gaming at the library can change lives.

Are you reaching out to these patrons?

Win a Gaming Gear Package from DEMCO!

Posted on October 5, 2011

We're excited to announce that DEMCO is again giving away a Gaming Gear Package to one lucky library that participates in National Gaming Day 2011!

Here's how your library can enter the contest.

  1. Register for this year's National Gaming Day event. If your library is already registered for NGD11, you're automatically eligible. To check if your library is registered, look for your name on the map of participating libraries.
  2. Download the DEMCO contest application form (pdf) and read through the entry rules (pdf). You'll want to prepare ahead of time how you'll capture the day's excitement @ your library. You may even want to involve your teen advisory board or a local gaming group to help track everything that happens so that you can include it in your contest entry.
  3. Participate on November 12, 2011. Play some games and have loads of fun!
  4. Submit your application to DEMCO by December 14, 2011.
  5. Watch for DEMCO to announce the winner on January 20, 2012, at the ALA Midwinter Meeting (you don't have to be at Midwinter to win the prize). Applications will be evaluated and finalists selected based on budgetary need, impact new equipment will have on the gaming program, and program impact on applicant's facility and/or community.

One lucky winner will receive a Gaming Gear Package worth more than $3000,  including a DEMCO Triple Play Kiosk, a 42" LCD TV, and an Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle. Click here to see the prize package details (pdf). You can learn more about the contest and prize package on the DEMCO site.

This is a great opportunity to expand your gaming program, so be sure to register for NGD11 and start planning your game activities now. Don't forget to thank DEMCO for partnering with ALA and supporting gaming in libraries!

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NGD11 Map of Participating Libraries

Posted on September 21, 2011

It's here - the first version of the map of participating libraries for National Gaming Day @ your library! We already have almost 800 libraries showing on the map, so check here to make sure your library is listed. We only added your location if you checked the box asking to be displayed on the national map.

This version is current as of September 14, and we'll update it in a few weeks. Use the scrollbar to the right of the map to view the names of all the participating libraries. The list is organized alphabetically by state, then city, then by library name, although there are also a few international libraries participating this year. A big welcome to our colleagues in England, Italy, and The Philippines!

If your library isn't already registered, sign up now! There are still two donations left you can request.

View 2011 National Gaming Day - participating libraries in a full screen map

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