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Above is a picture of our prototype, codename Alice for a few reasons:
- it is our “alpha” or A prototype;
- Alice, in encryption circles, tries to talk to Bob; and
- it is a “clin-d’oeil” to Lisa, Apple’s first computer with a graphical interface and my favorite character on the Simpsons
My team of engineers are working hard on building a functioning prototype. We have selected a “stripped down” Linux distribution running Kodi as a platform. We picked some generic controllers, a hard plastic case and a mini-computers running on solid state memory (the Gygabyte Brix in fact).
They will hopefully deliver a first version of the device by late June. We will also deliver all our code via the usual open source venues (not sure which actually, but my team is keen on contributing their work back to the community quickly).
Afterwards, my team and I hope to visit with 2 public library systems: Montreal and Austin public libraries. We aim to discuss this project with library employees (administrators, professionals and staff), game developers and patrons. I have ethnographers working on our research instruments.
So, my team is busy with the work our grant has funded and we should have some tangible results in a month or so.
Please let me know if you have questions, ideas or comments, I am most interested in them! My email is: o.NOSPAMcharbonneau@concordia.ca (note to humans: please remove all capital letters from my email address to reach me).
I’ve been toying with documenting a burgeoning video/digital game collection for my institution. I took a stab at establishing some costs and space considerations for various assumptions. For example, average cost and sizes for consoles, controllers and games from years past… I’ve tried to capture some of the metrics and data I’ve gathered in this spreadsheet: Legacy Video Game Collection Simulator.
For the record, a legacy game collection implies physical objects embedded with digital media which are no longer commercially available.
(Special thanks to Darren Wershler, professor at Concordia University in Montréal, for his assistance in this project.
With it, you can modify the cost & size assumptions and generate model collections. Of course, it does not specify which exact consoles you would acquire for your collection, but it allows to generate some models one would plan budget or space requirements.
Please let me know if you have comments or questions!
Reading up on the subject of games in academic institutions
Scholarly articles & papers (slightly disorganized)
- Tappeiner, Elizabeth & Catherine Lyons, (2008) “Selection criteria for academic video game collections“, Collection Building, Vol. 27 Iss: 3, pp.121 – 125
- Kane, Danielle, Soehner, Catherine and Wei, Wei. “Building a collection of video games in support of a newly created degree program at the University of California, Santa Cruz” Science & Technology Libraries. Vol. 27 (4) 2007: 77-86
- Laskowski, Mary and Ward, David. “Perspectives on building next generation video game collections in academic libraries”. Journal of Academic Librarianship. Vol. 35 (3) May 2009: 267-273.
- Nicholson, Scott, 2013, “Playing in the Past: A History of Games, Toys and Puzzles in North American Libraries”, Library Quarterly 83(4), 341-361, available from: http://scottnicholson.com/pubs/playinginthepast.pdf
- (looks like a paper) New Directions for Academic Video Game Collections: Strategies for Acquiring, Supporting, and Managing Online Materials by Diane Robson and Patrick Durkee, University of North Texas
- Christopher M. Thomas, Jerremie Clyde, Game as Book: Selecting Video Games for Academic Libraries based on Discipline Specific Knowledge, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 39, Issue 6, November 2013, Pages 522-527, ISSN 0099-1333, http://0-dx.doi.org.mercury.concordia.ca/10.1016/j.acalib.2013.07.002.
Keywords: Video games; Collections; History; Academic libraries
- A Unified Approach to Preserving Cultural Software Objects and their Development Histories, Kaltman, Eric, UC Santa Cruz; Wardrip-Fruin, Noah, UC Santa Cruz; Lowood, Henry, Stanford; Caldwell, Christy, UC Santa Cruz
News, blog posts & other documents (by date)
- Carleton University Library: see a poster by Emma Cross & Robert Smith
- “Metal Jesus” presents his collection of over 5000 games and 45 consoles
- Playing loud in quiet spaces, Kill Screen, March 31st 2015
- Gaming reaches into far corners of academic world as U of C builds huge collection, Chris Nelson, For The Calgary Herald, Published on: March 16, 2015
- Virginia Commonwealth U Libraries launches collection of critically acclaimed video games By Brian McNeill University Public Affairs, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
- Taking Games in Libraries Seriously Posted on July 24, 2014 by Andy Burkhardt: Covers collecting (funding, buy-in, access, space, scope) as well as instruction issues.
- More than Mario Kart: games and game-based learning at Carleton University Library (AccessOLA, 2013)
- Videogame collection supports scholarly study Posted on May 25, 2012 by Patrick Jagoda, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago
- New video game library (U Calgary, September 23, 2010)
- Got Game? Check Out What the Stanford Libraries Have, by Henry Lowood, April 12, 2006
Library Research guides
- Stanford Libraries Videogame Collection, Green Library Media Room
- Computer & Video Game Archive (University Michigan)
- Video Games at UCSC
- games and gaming collection and a gaming area at University of North Texas
- Gaming Initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Library
- Games studies collection, Stonybrook
- Video games at Georgia State University
- Ludicité, a blog about games in Québec libraries (closed in March 2013)
- Ludiciné & Ludov at Université de Montréal
Projects and initiatives (hat tip to Christy Caldwell)
- GAMECIP: Game metadata and citation standards funded by IMLS
- bwFLA — Emulation as a Service project from Freiburg U in Germany
- OLIVE: archiving legacy executable files
- The email@example.com mailing list for academic librarians
- Professor’s Miltenoff http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/gamebasedlearning/
I am very pleased to announce that our project, called Indie Games Licensing, was awarded a Prototype Grant as per the most recent Knight News Challenge. I am absolutely thrilled and thankful towards the Knight Foundation and all my partners for this incredible opportunity to “leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities.”
Without further ado, here is a short video presenting the initial prototype
we will be delivering at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco:
UPDATE as of May 19th 2015: The Knight Foundation had originally planned to have us present our prototypes at the ALA Annual Conference in the Summer of 2015, but that is no longer the case.
The latest issue of the peer-reviewed Syllabus Journal just came out, with a special issue on teaching with videogames:
We are pleased to announce the publication of a new special issue of Syllabus Journal (4.1) on “Teaching with and about Video Games.” Syllabus Journal is a peer reviewed venue through which academics can publish syllabi, toolbox assignments (shorter, modular assignments that can be imported into any course), and articles on teaching.
The “Teaching with and about Video Games” offers 15 articles from international authors in three categories, and can be found here: http://syllabusjournal.org/
Table of Contents
Introduction by Jennifer deWinter and Carly A. Kocurek
Teaching about Games are syllabi for courses that teach game studies, game design, serious game design, and novel interface design (think new controllers), and include:
* Video Game Studies by Judd Ethan Ruggill
* How to Play Games of Truth: An Introduction to Video Game Studies by Bryan Geoffrey Behrenshausen
* Novel Interfaces for Interactive Environments by Robert W. Lindeman
* Educational and Serious Game Design: Case Study in Collaboration by Jon A. Preston
* Introduction to Game Design by Nia Wearn
Teaching with Games are syllabi that teach disciplinary content in multiple fields using games as a text, such as creative writing, history, rhetoric, composition, and literature. These include:
* Representing the Past: Video Games Challenge to the Historical Narrative by Stephen Ortega
* Learning Through Making: Notes on Teaching Interactive Narrative by Anastasia Salter
* Video Games as a New Form of Interactive Literature by Anne Winchell
* Writing in and around Games by Wendi Sierra
* Hints, Advice, and Maybe Cheat Codes: An English Topics Course About Computer Games by Kevin Moberly
And finally, we have collected together five toolbox entries that act as short modules (1-day to 2-week assignments) to be incorporated into classes and workshops.
* Teaching Network Game Programming with the Dragonfly Game Engine by Mark Claypool
* Root of Play: Game Design for Digital Humanists by Andy Keenan and Matt Bouchard
* Alternative Reality Games to Teach Game-Based Storytelling by Dean O’Donnell and Jennifer deWinter
* “Continue West and Ascend the Stairs”: Game Walkthroughs in Professional and Technical Communication by Stephanie Vie
* Annotated Bibliography for Game Studies: Modeling Scholarly Research in a Popular Culture Field by Cathlena Martin
This collection, we believe, represents the depth and breadth of video games in academic discourse. Not only do they add to the literature and pedagogical approaches in game studies, but these contributions highlight the interdisciplinary nature of game studies in history, computer science, literature, social science, and so forth.
Jennifer and Carly
I’ve just submitted (with Bart & Prem’s assistance) a submission to the Knight Foundation News Challenge to “transform libraries” with digital indie games. Please have a look at the submission – I can still edit it on Monday or Tuesday, comments welcome:
Digital indie games licensing for libraries
Also, do send it around the ‘net – the more views & “applause” it gets, the better.
Two resources of interest on apps for kids:
– this great article from MindShift: Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers (this is a radio station in California that has an education K-12 blog)
– Also, see the Edululu website, from the great people at TFO, the French-language public broadcaster in Ontario, the most populous province of Canada.
I love this TED Talk by Jane McGonigal on Massively multi-player thumb-wrestling:
It is a great conference or classroom hack, to break the pace of a lecture while creating an awesome atmosphere. As Jane mentions in her talk, oxytocin, the “bonding hormone” which plays its part in intimacy, is secreted by the brain after holding hands for just six seconds. So this game makes people happy.
The Austrian artist collective monochrom came up with the rules of MMTR, which as available online.
In addition to the classic formation, one could use their other hand to form nodes of a human network of thumb-wrestlers.