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Presented for InfoPeople by Beth Gallaway CLA Conference, Sacramento CA November 2007 Gaming by the Numbers What is a Game? GAME : activity engaged in for diversion or amusement; synonym: see FUN

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Presented for InfoPeopleby Beth Gallaway CLA Conference, Sacramento CANovember 2007

Gaming by the Numbers


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What is a Game?

GAME: activity engaged in for diversion or amusement; synonym: see FUN

VIDEO GAME: an electronic game played by means of images on a video screen and often emphasizing fast action

Merriam-Webster Online. http://www.m-w.com


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Console Gaming Devices

Video Game Charts. http://www.vgcharts.org. October 6, 2007


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Handheld Gaming Devices

Video Game Charts. http://www.vgcharts.org. October 6, 2007



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1. What is the average age of a gamer?

33

* Entertainment Software Association. Top 10 Facts. http://www.theesa.com/facts/top_10_facts.php


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2. What % of teens report playing games online*?

81 %

* Pew Internet & American Life Project. Teens and Technology, July 2005.


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3. What percent of people over 50 play games?*

24 %

24%

* Entertainment Software Association. Top 10 Facts. http://www.theesa.com/facts/top_10_facts.php


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4. What % of gamers are female?

38%

* Entertainment Software Association. Top 10 Facts. http://www.theesa.com/facts/top_10_facts.php


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5. How much money did computer & video game sales gross in 2005?*

$7.6 Billion

* Entertainment Software Association. Top 10 Facts. http://www.theesa.com/facts/top_10_facts.php


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6. What % of gamers play on handhelds? 2005?*

32 %

* Entertainment Software Association. Top 10 Facts. http://www.theesa.com/facts/top_10_facts.php


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7. What percentage of games sold in 2005 were rated M?* 2005?*

15%

* Entertainment Software Association. Top 10 Facts. http://www.theesa.com/facts/top_10_facts.php


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8. X% fewer mistakes are made by laproscopic surgeons.* 2005?*

37%

* James C. Rosser, Jr, MD; Paul J. Lynch, MD; Laurie Cuddihy, MD; Douglas A. Gentile, PhD; Jonathan Klonsky, MD; Ronald Merrell, MD. “The Impact of Video Games on Training Surgeons in the 21st Century.” Beth Israel Medical Center, Iowa State University. Arch Surg. 2007;142:181-186. . Accessed October 8, 2007.


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9. Laproscopic surgery is completed X% faster by surgeons who play video games.*

27%

* James C. Rosser, Jr, MD; Paul J. Lynch, MD; Laurie Cuddihy, MD; Douglas A. Gentile, PhD; Jonathan Klonsky, MD; Ronald Merrell, MD. “The Impact of Video Games on Training Surgeons in the 21st Century.” Beth Israel Medical Center, Iowa State University. Arch Surg. 2007;142:181-186. . Accessed October 8, 2007.


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10. What % of public libraries allow patrons to play computer games?*

82%

*Nicholson, Scott. (2007). The Role of Gaming in Libraries: Taking the Pulse. July 2007. http://boardgameswithscott.com/pulse2007.pdf . Accessed October 8, 2007.


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11. What % of public libraries circulate video games?* computer games?*

30%

*Nicholson, Scott. (2007). The Role of Gaming in Libraries: Taking the Pulse. July 2007. http://boardgameswithscott.com/pulse2007.pdf . Accessed October 8, 2007.


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12. What % of public libraries host video computer games?*game programs?*

13%

*Nicholson, Scott. (2007). The Role of Gaming in Libraries: Taking the Pulse. July 2007. http://boardgameswithscott.com/pulse2007.pdf . Accessed October 8, 2007.



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How Can Libraries computer games?* Serve Gamers?

Connect games with “traditional” materials

Think like a gamer

Become a strategy guide

Research video game culture

Support gaming

Create game collections

Host gaming programs

Try some games!


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Use Games in computer games?* Reader's Advisory

INSTEAD OF:

What authors do you like to read?

What are the last 3 books you read(and enjoyed)?

What did you like about them?

ASK:

What movies do you like?

What TV shows do you watch?

What games do you play?


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Think Like a Gamer computer games?*

Everything is in BETA

Get a screen name

It's all about YOU

You can’t break it

Fail early, fail often


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Be a Strategy Guide... computer games?* ...Not a Level Boss!

Show, don’t tell.

Make it interactive.

Have a free-for-all.

Ask for a demo of expertise


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Research Video Game computer games?* Culture

Watch Red Vs. Blue.

Read Penny Acade or PvP.

Skim gaming magazines.

Link to game & cheat code sites

Pay attention to gaming around you

Attend GLLS2008

Join the LibGaming Google group


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Try Games computer games?*

Set Game

Penguin Baseball

Bejeweled

Chicktionary

Bob the Blob

Neopets

Runescape

Diner Dash

Snood

More at http://del.icio.us/informationgoddess29/games


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