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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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what is a game
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

console gaming devices
Console Gaming Devices

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

handheld gaming devices
Handheld Gaming Devices

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

1 what is the average age of a gamer
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

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

81 %

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

3 what percent of people over 50 play games
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

4 what of gamers are female
4. What % of gamers are female?

38%

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

5 how much money did computer video game sales gross in 2005
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

6 what of gamers play on handhelds
6. What % of gamers play on handhelds?

32 %

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

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

15%

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

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

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.

9 laproscopic surgery is completed x faster by surgeons who play video games
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.

10 what of public libraries allow patrons to play computer games
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.

11 what of public libraries circulate video games
11. What % of public libraries circulate video 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.

12 what of public libraries host video game programs
12. What % of public libraries host video 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.

how can libraries serve gamers
How Can Libraries 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!

use games in reader s advisory
Use Games in 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?

think like a gamer
Think Like a Gamer

Everything is in BETA

Get a screen name

It's all about YOU

You can’t break it

Fail early, fail often

be a strategy guide not a level boss
Be a Strategy Guide... ...Not a Level Boss!

Show, don’t tell.

Make it interactive.

Have a free-for-all.

Ask for a demo of expertise

research video game culture
Research Video Game 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

try games
Try Games

Set Game

Penguin Baseball

Bejeweled

Chicktionary

Bob the Blob

Neopets

Runescape

Diner Dash

Snood

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