LJ – “Incoming freshman at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, don’t have to go on a guided tour to learn more about their school’s library services. Instead the staff at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library can point their patrons toward another instructive resource – a videogame. Inspired by Scene it, a series of popular DVD games that has players watch video clips to answer trivia questions, Library Scene: Fairfield Edition is a web-based game developed by the University’s Media Center and reference librarians that follows four students as they travel through key areas of the school’s DiMenna-Nyselius library to complete a 10-page research paper assignment.”
Chicago Sun Times – “For some students at DePaul University and a few other colleges, video games are now part of the curriculum.
DePaul is one of a growing number of university libraries housing video game collections for student research into game design, the school said. Other universities with collections include Illinois, Stanford and Michigan.
The collection was first proposed by Jose Zagal, assistant professor of computing and digital media, who authored the book, “Ludoliteracy: Designing, Understanding and Supporting Games Education.”
Telegraph – “In a speech she will say there is an urgent need to investigate the impact of the computer environment on children's brains. The professor of synaptic pharmacology at Lincoln College, Oxford, has previously warned that children's obsessions with websites such as Facebook or Twitter may leave them with poor attention spans and an inability to relate to others in the real world.”
BoingBoing – “An FCC commissioner has stated that video game “addiction,” especially to World of Warcraft, is a “leading cause” of college dropouts.”
AP – “After a day of dirty diapers and “Dora the Explorer,” of laundry and homework time, when her four kids are finally asleep, Sarah Ninesling begins roaming the ruins of a post-apocalyptic Washington, D.C., fighting mutants to help save the survivors of a nuclear war. The 30-year-old stay-at-home mom from New York’s Long Island plays “Fallout 3” and other games like “World of Warcraft” and “The Lord of the Rings Online.” She plays every day, sometimes past midnight, to escape and relax and feel a sense of accomplishment.”