I love that my friend, the newly minted Dr. Stephens, devoted one of his LIS class nights to gaming. I’m sorry I couldn’t be there to help out, but it sounds like the students did quite well on their own. I would love to see more LIS courses playing and exploring like this, helping the students form their own opinions.
“How do you make your college-age son jealous? Tell him you played Guitar Heroâ€¦ in schoolâ€¦for a classâ€¦while the teacher was there. Hey, I thought it was great fun at our Wednesday game night. Iâ€™m not totally convinced of all the educational values of these games, but in terms of building community, gaming really show teens that libraries are willing to invest in their interests. I love the idea that gaming allows teens to get to know their librarians on a more casual basis. We might not seem so ‘scary’ when they need us for informational purposes. Iâ€™m undecided about the concept of making kids check out books before they can play games. That might be a little like having to eat your lima beans before you can have your chocolate cake. In the end, does anyone learn to like lima beans?” [Sharonlis768’s Weblog]
“I definitely think thereâ€™s a place for games in libraries, including board games. From my own experience with strategy games, I know that some games require a great deal of thought and attention, as well as critical thinking and a lot of decision-making. At my old job, the president and I would often discuss corporate strategy in terms of strategy games, since we were both avid gamers at the time. He was the â€˜conquer and pillageâ€™ type while I was the â€˜research and developâ€™ type, so we complemented each other well. The problem with some strategy games, though, is that you can sometimes learn what it takes to beat an AI without necessarily learning fundamental strategy. I donâ€™t mention this as a criticism of the notion of gaming in libraries or to say that good skills canâ€™t be learned, but Iâ€™ve always been disappointed by games that turn out to be puzzles. I guess thatâ€™s a bit tangentialâ€¦” [Nat’s Weblog]