The exhibit floor at ALA Midwinter featured a video game playing demonstration at the ALA booth. I would venture to say that most boomer librarians, myself included, are not up to speed on the currently popular video games. This presented a good opportunity to learn and gather some intelligence. I watched a young man face off against a librarian in a game of Guitar Hero.
I got the gist of how the game worked, and I could see how our students can find these games enormously entertaining. It did give me a greater appreciation for video game playing. While I still don’t think I’m ready to suggest that academic libraries should acquire games for their collections, I can see some possibilities for offering more video game playing events in the library.