International Games Week October 29 – November 4

International Games Week

Hi from Nordic Game Day

Posted on November 10, 2014

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 🙂

Surprise worldwide donation: OnePlay videogame e-lending service!

Posted on October 20, 2014

Hi everyone! We have some very exciting news - a new donor for ALL libraries worldwide!

Oneplay logoThe Donor

OnePlay is a company based in Las Vegas and Denmark that offers a digital gaming subscription service, where users instantly can download and play unlimited Android and PC games for a low subscription fee.


The Donation

OnePlay would like to sponsor unlimited donations to IGD participating libraries of a 1-year subscription for the OnePlay VIP gaming service.

This will enable one user of your choice to create an individual account that they can then use for 1 year to download & play 1000+ PC and Android games, with new titles added daily! It's e-lending, but for electronic games, not e-books!

They suggest that you use it as a prize for winners of the day's competitions, but even if you're not running a competitive element to the day, you can still give it away as an amazing door prize (the value of the prize is $83.88!).


BONUS Prize for 100 libraries!

In addition, 100 lucky libraries that claim this donation receive a bonus $50 gift-certificate to buy a game outright from OnePlay's online store!


How it works

See the OnePlay site for details - but basically your borrower gets access to an installer for each game that asks them to re-validate the loan every 30 days. They can install the game up to two times. So they do need to check in with OnePlay when first installing and running the game, and if more than 30 days has lapsed since the last validation of the loan - but otherwise no internet connection is required (unless the game itself needs one, of course)!


Claiming the Donation

To claim the donation and attempt to claim a bonus prize, send an email from your library/work email address to Lasse Jensen at lasse [at] oneplay [dot] com with subject "IGD Sponsorship", giving your library's contact details in the body for verification purposes, and requesting the OnePlay prize.

OnePlay will then send activation code(s) with information about how to redeem ASAP.

There is a limit of 1 prize package per participating library, and the bonus $50 voucher is limited to 100 libraries - either the first 100 that contact them, or if more than 100 libraries contact them within the first 24 hours, 100 of those selected at random (to ensure that no timezone gets an unfair advantage).

And yes - that does mean that any library anywhere in the world is eligible to request this donation from OnePlay!

The window to claim this donation closes at midnight, Friday October 31, PST. And again, every library that claims a donation will receive the subscription! If you're not in the first 100, you only miss out on the gift certificate - the more valuable donation is available right until the end of the month.


Additional information

For more information, read OnePlay's How It Works and FAQ pages, or contact them through their site (which has live support chat).

[DISCLAIMER: As a volunteer-run event, we're not in a position to assess the technical or legal implications of this service for your library - as with any service, you will need to assess that independently and based on your unique circumstances and needs. But hopefully it helps that there will be no cost to access the service for an entire year - a pretty solid evaluation period!]

Our heartfelt thanks to OnePlay for their support of International Games Day and games in libraries generally!

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