International Games Week October 29 – November 4

International Games Week

Special Guest Post: Scott Mason, Perton Library, South Staffordshire, UK

Posted on August 18, 2014

Hi folks! Today we're holding off on our monthly Game News post a little. This last weekend was Gen Con, the biggest tabletop gaming convention in the US, so we're aiming to provide some coverage from folks who attended - once they've had a chance to get settled back in! (If you made it, we'd love to throw your perspective into the mix - be in touch!) Meanwhile, here's a guest post from a very energetic young chap from the UK talking about how - in true gamer fashion - he overcame obstacles and solved problems to hold a highly successful International Games Day in the UK before the day even was officially International. Take it away, Scott!


My name’s Scott Mason and I’ll be your guest writer today, talking about how I’ve been spending the last few years helping to bring IGD@yl to the UK ^_^. I’m 25, live in South Staffordshire, England and I work for Staffordshire Libraries, currently as the Supervisor for Perton Library (but I’ve been here in one job or another going on 7 years now!).

Gaming has always been a big part of my childhood and something that has grown with me to become a real passion of mine. A lot of people always give me strange looks when I describe ‘games’ that way, but to me, it’s just another medium the same as books, film, music or art and when it’s perfectly acceptable to love each of those as much as people do, I hold no shame in my love for games.

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!

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