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Guitar Hero Contest in Library

Guitar Hero Contest in Library – “Children enjoy video games right now,” says Children Services Director Sandra Pierce. “We’re trying to use that as a vehicle to get them into the library, get them interested in what we’re doing. We also carry gaming magazines and that’s a form of reading. We just want to do things that children in this town really enjoy and that’s one of them.”

Wow.  There are alot of kids in that picture.  And the one looks bored.  Heh.

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Survey: 97 percent of American youth play video games

AP – “The survey found that while young Americans don’t necessarily play the same thing, nearly all of them — girls included — play video games of one kind or another. And they don’t just play by themselves. Nearly two-thirds play video games to socialize face-to-face with friends and family, while just over a quarter said they play with Internet friends.”

97%?  Holy Cow.

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Professor Given $100,000 to Study World of Warcraft

David DeBolt – “A hundred thousand dollars to study a video game that pits ax-wielding ogres against a cast of other fanciful characters? That would buy about 50,000 cans of Red Bull to support those late-night gaming, er, “research” sessions.”


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Video games lure teens into the city’s libraries

Here’s yet another article that talks about how video games promote literacy by providing a different type of reading. The games mentioned in the article are DDR and Rock Band. Nothing else.

Clearly there is something amiss here. Here’s hoping that there is more to this than the fluff that ALA and the MSM is providing to us.

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Library sets challenge for overdue books

Manawatu Standard – “Calling all young Guitar Heros with overdue library books – outrock overdues librarian Harley Bell and get your Palmerston North City Library fines waived.”

I’ve blogged in the past on why I believe this to a bad idea.

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Library’s ‘Guitar Hero’ contests a hot ticket

RapidCityJournal.com – "Chloe was one of 24 kids who competed in the first round of the Rapid City Public Library’s “Guitar Hero III” tournament on July 25."

Yup.  That will totally increase literacy.   Everytime I pick up my bass guitar, I start to remember the words of Shakespeare.  C’mon, really?

Kids, don’t forget to pick up your books on your way out the door…

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Can Guitar Hero Make Children Smarter?

Kotaku: – “I think overall the answer to the question, at least in regards to the games they are playing, is not really, but I think we should all lie and make it seem like the children are smarter just so we can stop by our local libraries and play Guitar Hero in the future”

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Do Videogames Make Kids Smarter?

1up: – “[W]e bow down to the inevitable future of Halo-savvy librarians”

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New York Times – “And you thought libraries were supposed to be quiet. Not on Friday.”

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Bring Your Video Game Skills…to the NY Public Library!

Gothamist – “The NYPL’s Assistant Coordinator of Young Adult Services, Jack Martin, explained, “Gaming at the library can bridge the gaps between children, teens and adults, bringing them together as families and friends under one space, or through dialog created through the users’ individual game playing.” (via)

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