International Games Week October 29 – November 4

International Games Week

National Video Game Tournament Results

Posted on November 17, 2010

This year's national tournaments were the most successful events we've run yet!


  • 63 Libraries submitted Friend Codes
  • 47 Libraries successfully submitted brawl match scores
  • 40 Libraries successfully completed the qualifying rounds
  • You can view the qualifying leaderboard at:

The top eight included all types of libraries:

  • Huge Public Libraries (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Medium Public Libraries (AADL, Topeka)
  • Tiny Public Libraries (Helena Township MI, Jeffersonville IN, Cobleskill NY)
  • 1 academic library (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Undergrad Library IL)
  • 1 school library (Sandwich High School Media Center, Sandwich IL).

This is one of the great things about gaming in libraries - any type can participate.

Here's a snapshot of the final bracket, but in the end, the Ann Arbor (MI) District Library defeated a strong team from the Topeka Shawnee (KS) County Library to take home the crown for the next year. We're sure TSCL will be up to the challenge of a rematch next year!


  • 40 Libraries created events
  • The winning band was the Average Joes, who recorded a score of 1,631,416 at Chicago Public Library YouMedia playing "Jesus of Suburbia" by Green Day.

Around 100 bands had scores reported - here's the Top 10

  1. Average Joes  from Chicago Public Library YOUmedia: "Jesus of Suburbia" by Green Day
  2. Arcane Opposites from Sherrard Public Library District, IL
  3. The Stand Ins from Chicago Public Library YOUmedia: "Free Bird"
  4. The Stand Ins from Chicago Public Library YOUmedia: " The Killing Moon" by Echo & The Bunnymen
  5. Salvage from Chicago Public Library YOUmedia: "Almost Easy"
  6. Arcane Opposites from Sherrard Public Library District, IL
  7. The Jellybeans from Hunterdon County Library, NJ: "Painkiller"
  8. The Purple People Eaters from Portland District Library, Portland, MI: "Kids in America"
  9. The Sedatives from Hunterdon County Library, NJ: "Painkiller"
  10. The Flaming Librarians from Citrus County Library System, FL: "Move Along"

We also had a score submitted from The Nordic Gaming Program from the Lyngby Library in Denmark - thanks for participating, LL! You can view the final leaderboard at

Congratulations to this year's winners, and a big thank you to all of the participating libraries and their teams!

We're still counting the number of participants at NGD10 events across the country (actually, across the world), so libraries, be sure to fill out the survey this week!

NGD2009 Video Game Tournaments – Results!

Posted on November 18, 2009

National Gaming Day keeps getting bigger and better on gtsystem!

The Rock Band High Score contest included 14 events on or around National Gaming Day and 70 performances were scored. This year, most libraries included the song that each band played, allowing for per-song leaderboards! The top ten included bands from Skokie Public Library (IL), Hunterdon County Library (NJ), Pittsfield Public Library (MA), Aurora Public Library (CO), and gtsystem's home team in Ann Arbor, MI.

The online Super Smash Brothers Brawl tournament featured 42 libraries from across the US attempting to connect and play each other online. While gtsystem held up like a champ this year, many libraries were knocked out by firewall problems or had to quit as their libraries closed. However, Giles County Public Library (Pulaski, TN), Turtle Lake Public Library (Turtle Lake, WI), Detroit Public Library (Detroit, MI), Bondurant Community Library (Bondurant, IA), Madrid Public Library (Madrid, IA), Sanger Public Library(Sanger, TX), Garland County Library (Hot Springs, AR), Ann Arbor District Library (Ann Arbor, MI) and Bondurant Community Library (Bondurant, IA) all advanced to the quarterfinals before the momentum was stymied by connection trouble and short time. However, players across the country still had fun being a part of something big.

Next year, the Brawl bracket will be back for another iteration with a simpler structure, more connection testing, and a different approach to making it happen in 4 time zones at once. You can see some of the event recorded on gtsystem's ustream page at, although be forewarned there is quite a bit of downtime in the video as we were trying to get matches together. Regardless, this idea is still an exciting one to players and staff alike, and the challenges of coordination and connectivity just make it that much more important to do it more often!

See you all in the bracket on November 13, 2010!

National Brawl!

Posted on October 9, 2009

 The Ann Arbor District Library is again hosting tournaments powered by gtsystem to celebrate National Gaming Day! There are three national events: a Rock Band (any version) high score contest, a Smash Bros. Brawl bracket on 11/14 starting at 3 PM EST, and a Mario Kart Wii bracket for All Ages on Sunday 11/15, starting at 3 PM EST! Participants from last year found their players pumped up about the library and leveled up their community engagement!

To participate, find info at or contact with questions! It's easy to get started with interlibrary play; take the next step on National Gaming Day and make it happen for your patrons!

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