September 29, 2005

Got Game?

Via Maire, who gets it:

http://www.aadl.org/node/629

registration is now open for AADL-GT Round 2, happening this Saturday, September 24th, from Noon - 5 PM in the Basement of the Downtown Library. Doors will open at 11:30 for players in grades 6-12, so be early to get checked in and start warming up. Winners of the Sur-Prize round game will take home $70, $50, and $30 giftcards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. We'll have single-player and team events in both Mario Kart Double Dash and Super Smash Brothers: Melee, and the event will (really this time) be broadcast live on Comcast channel 18 in Ann Arbor, so be sure to bring a signed release form if you haven't turned one in before. We'll be implementing several enhancements this round, including smoother, faster registration & check-in, split-screen single player Kart for more races in less time, checkin and food and tables outside the room, and definitely more pizza. Read on for more.

We'll also be having an All-Ages DDR Tournament, Sunday Sept. 25th, from 1:00-4:00 at the Malletts Creek Branch. Open Gamecube play will be available, and prizes are $40, $30, and $20 giftcards.

Take a look for two reasons: AADL gets gaming and they do it well. Wowza. But also note the CONVERSATION occuring between the library and the gamers. This is important. If conversations like this play out between libraries and users - in human voices as well -- watch out! This is Cluetrain stuff of the utmost importance.

AADL, rock my world forever, ok?

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July 22, 2005

Libraries that "get" games (p. 45 GOT GAME)

Survey respondents "who had grown up playing games reported sharply different attitudes about the very foundations of business: risk, achievement, the vaule of their experience, their own capabilities....Without question, the game generation is already having business impact far beyond the Internet. The effects of video games in our economic lives will soon be hard to ignore. Firms (substitute LIBRARIES here) that "get" games will unlock assets at every level of their workforces. Firms (LIBRARIES) that don't will wonder where all their best employees (and patrons) went."

This was a big "aha" moment for me.

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