Archive for December, 2008

Gaming in the News

Monday, December 8th, 2008

According to the most recent Pew Internet & American Life report: Online Activities & Pursuits: Adults & Video Games, over 53% of Americans play video games!  senior gamers are the most hardcore of the bunch with nearly a third of gamers 65+ getting their game on every day as opposed to only about 20% of the younger adult gamers.Science Daily reports on a UC Berkeley study that shows how socioeconomics factor into the way young brains function and develop; children from poorer backgrounds have “detectable differences” in the response of their prefrontal cortex (responsible for problem solving and creativity).  The impairment can be corrected with the the help of special activities, including dramatic play.The Chicago Tribune posted an annotated list of Board Games for Winter Revelery: games that make great gifts and are ideal for playing with a group, indoors. Pictureka! Dominion, and the Chain Game are featured; several of the non-mainstream titles are being sold at places like Barnes and Noble and the Calendar Store.

ALA President Jim Rettig Chats About Gaming Friday December 19

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Mark your calendars! As part of the ongoing ALA Salon series, which gives members a chance to speak with ALA leaders on specific topics, ALA President Jim Rettig will be talking about gaming connections on Friday December 19 from 2-3PM EST.The sessions use OPAL software, and are hosted by Tom Peters of TAP Information Services. Following Tom’s interview with Jim, participants will be invited to ask questions about the topic at hand. To join the discussion, log onto OPAL and follow the instructions for entering the meeting space. Click here for detailed instructions. Participants are encouraged to sign in 15 minutes prior to the start of the salon for a quick tour of OPAL. For more information, visit Jim’s webpage about the Online Salons. EDIT: The session will also feature guest Dr. Scott Nicholson, from the University of Syracuse Game Lab!