Hi everyone! We just realised that we haven't done our annual blog post swap with Nordic Game Day - so we're going to sneak it in before the big day. Here's NGD co-ordinator Lone Hejlskov Munkeberg with a bit of information about this partner event!
Hi from Nordic Game Day!
Phil from International Games Day has invited me to tell you a bit about how we work.
As we are closing in on the date November 15th, the Nordic libraries are doing the final preparations for the Nordic Game Day and International Games Day.
This year we have representatives from all the Nordic countries, since for the very first time we can welcome four Icelandic libraries to the community. All in all there will be 115 attending libraries in Denmark (30) - including the first attending library from Greenland! - Finland (34), Iceland (4), Norway (35) and Sweden (12). In Finland they just can’t get enough - since they are having a game WEEK. Way to go!
The Nordic event is supported by the Nordic Game Institute and the Nordic Council of Ministers. Even though it is supported by them, it is very much a community-driven event. The attending libraries all set up local initiatives and events. More about that later on.
As a coordinator I have different tasks. I make sure that the event has a new poster every year, created by a local graphic Artist (Pernille Sihm). I ensure there is established contact between the developers, publishers, game critics and the libraries. I post news on the blog, Twitter and Facebook etc. This year we have been able to send out free merchandise and boardgames for the libraries. This underlines that both the videogames industry and the boardgame publishers also support the event - they too want games to be as visible and accessible as possible in libraries!
Another coordinating task is the annual browser game tournament. And this year we have chosen a semi bald naked guy on a mini bike to run the competition, since we will be competing in the very cool browser game Icycle, by the British indie developer Damp Gnat! At stake are cool prizes like Samsung Galaxy TAB 4 10.1” WIFI and gift certificates to the online service OnePlay - who has a digital library lending service.
Locally all kinds of stuff is going on. There are talks from game critics, workshops, cosplay, manga, retrogames, FIFA tournaments, Minecraft LAN, ping pong, chess, card games and much more.
Some of the Nordic libraries are also participating in IGD initiatives, so we are exited that you once again will host great stuff like the Global Gossip Game and the International Minecraft Hunger Games tournament.
We wish you all a very cool Game Day!
Thanks Lone! And I'd just like to point out a mildly awesome fact: that Nordic Game Day is using a British game for their tournament, while IGD is using a Nordic (Swedish, to be precise) game for ours! We're international without even trying 🙂
Hello everyone! We are back for 2014 and looking forward to a pretty amazing year.
For the first time, we are officially partnering with two international organisations to bring you this event: the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), which is the ALA analogue Down Under, and Nordic Game Day, who have been successfully running game days in Scandinavian libraries alongside IGD for the past few years. Thanks to both groups for throwing their support behind International Games Day @ your library! We're still pretty much a volunteer-run event, but being able to call on the networks and some of the resources of other bodies is a huge help in expanding the reach of the day.
Our Press Kit materials are up on the Press Kit page. ALIA donated some time from their graphic designer to help create the new IGD@yl posters, which I invite you to take a look at - not only has she done a beautiful job, but this year, the date and the blank line below it are actually form fields, making it super-easy to customise the date (if you're celebrating on a different day), add your local details, or even blank out both lines to make space for you to overprint whatever you like in that area.
The loss of Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros (with the demise of the Nintendo Wii's multiplayer network) could have been a major obstacle for the videogame tournament that has been part of our history for so long, thanks to Ann Arbor District Library. But the irrepressible folks at AADL have come up with something pretty special to replace it: a worldwide Minecraft Hunger Games. Talk about a meeting of the monster memes! It's going to be spectacular, so stay tuned for more information.
The Global Gossip Game will be on again, and we are already scheming about ways to top last year's trip through all seven continents. Of course, even without that it's still a pretty special event, as the comments from last year make clear! Lovers of the surreal and silly should make sure to sign up.
And of course there is the incredible value that comes from your own events. We're very interested to hear about people's plans for their events, and (if you're willing) to share those ideas with your colleagues around the world. Be in touch if there's something you'd like to contribute to the blog, whether specific ideas for IGD, a general piece on games and play in libraries, or anything else you think is relevant to IGD. (You can use the comments field to contact us - we moderate them, so such offers will only be visible as comments if you want them to be!)
Lastly, the registration form for this year's event is
being finalised as we speak now live at http://bit.ly/igd14, so expect another post shortly with the link. And don't forget to subscribe to this blog to make sure you see every update!
Thanks everyone! We're really looking forward to this coming year, and we hope you are too.
Welcome to 2014's International Games Day @ your library!
Imagine my surprise when Thomas Vigild from the Nordic Game Program contacted me to alert us to the fact that they're holding their own NGD event, but in their case it stands for "Nordic Gaming Day." By pure coincidence, they're also holding their event on the same day as our National Gaming Day. We couldn't have planned this better if we'd tried.
Here's some information Thomas sent me.
120 libraries in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and even Greenland have enlisted for the day, which will consist of lectures, competitions, gamemovie-showings, and games - and both digital games and 'undigital' board games will be on show. The purpose is to expose the growing game culture and local game developers in the Nordic region and include new audiences of all ages, who have never felt the fantastic and social aspects of gaming.
In all the Nordic countries, digital games are hugely popular materials in libraries, and in Denmark it is now possible to freely lend new computer games on the brand new and world's first digital platform called 'DownlÃ¥n' (Downloan). Compared to other countries, games are normal in all Nordic libraries, and this is one of the key messages of Nordic Game Day.
Nordic Game Day is a collaboration between the Norwegian National Library and the Nordic Game Program.
Contact Thomas Vigild at email@example.com for further information."
We're going to talk about potential partnerships, but how great is it to have another 105 libraries playing games on the same day we are? Game on, Nordic libraries!