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pew research center study 09 08
Pew Research Center Study 09/08
  • “53% of American adults age 18 and older play video games, and about one in five adults (21%) play everyday or almost everyday. While the number of video gamers among adults is substantial, it is still well under the number of teens who play. Fully 97% of teens play video games”

legend of zelda twilight princess
Legend of Zelda-Twilight Princess

Had 241 pages of text in the game that had to be read to finish the game.

different types of gaming
Different types of gaming
  • Free
  • Cheap enough, it might as well be free
  • Not so free
  • Chess

-Still very popular w/ children and young adults

-2200 players

at the K-6



free correspondence games
Free Correspondence Games
  • Diplomacy – The Game of Global Domination
    • Excellent game
    • jdip program is free and

formats moves in the

correct language

    • Can be played against

other schools, libraries.

cheap ish gaming
-cheap(ish) gaming

 -Board Games        -Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico, Ticket to Ride, 1960-All excellent board games for libraries

    - Older Consoles- DO NOT COUNT THEM OUT!            -Folks still play them and are still crazy about them.                -Not only that, but the older consoles are so cheap, you can often get them donated                -some people prefer them.                     - Gamecube-29.95  N64-23.99 PS2-30-40.00

highest cost but best results
Highest cost, but best results
  • 7th Generation Consoles
    • Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Nintendo DS, and PSP
      • Each has something to offer that the others do not.
        • Xbox 360-Good graphics, lots of titles
        • Wii- Most bang for buck-lots of multiplayer games
        • PS3-Best graphics-fewer games-built in Blu-Ray player
      • Which one is right for you is strictly a matter of opinion.
most popular2
Most popular
  • Nintendo DS (107 million)
  • PSP (55 million)
  • Nintendo Wii (53 million)
  • Xbox 360 (30 million)
  • PS3 (24 million)

More good news-DS games are pretty cheap and there are only 8 games that are rated M.

  • Controllers
    • At least 4
    • Wireless
    • Special controllers (Guitar Hero or Rockband)
    • Older controllers still have value
  • Biggest hurdle for most libraries
    • Consoles are not cheap
      • Playstation 2 100.00
      • Nintendo DS 130.00
      • PSP 170.00
      • Nintendo Wii 200.00
      • Xbox 360 200.00
      • Playstation 3 300.00

-Donations-Never underestimate what people will give you if you ask.

-FOL- Friends of the Library have greatly helped me and they are constantly named in library gaming groups as a source of funding across the country.


            -Best Buy in-store grant-one page application

            -Wal-Mart community grants-one page application            -ALA grants- $5000 Verizon Grants for library gaming last year            -Continuous $100 grants from Funagain Games for schools and libraries

best practices
Best practices
  • Video Game Tournaments
    • pros and cons
game clubs
Game clubs
  • Nintendo DS club
    • Easy to do
    • Users bring their own equipment
    • DS download play
  • Board game club
    • Try a new board game each month.
    • Get reviews @ or