I saw that Jenny over at The Shifted Librarian is going to be writing an article about gaming/second life in the Library Technology Reports. I’ve been thinking about gaming in the library and although I think there might need to be some restrictions I also think “why not?” Why not let kids get together and play Halo or Half Life? One of the things that the kids at my work talked about was holding “LAN Parties.” This is where they get together, hook their computers together and play each other in all sorts of online games, one of the most popular being StarCraft. It would be nice if kids could reserve a space at the libary and they show up, and either the kids bring their own machines (probably a laptop) and the library provides the networking equipment and possibly software for the kids to play together. They could have StarCraft tournaments or better yet or Dance Dance Revolution nights (for the people worried about kids not getting enought exercise). If libraries did this I could see kids coming in droves to play.
I’m a gamer. I really enjoy video games and occasionally I will get online to play other people. If my local public library were to offer something like this, I would probably go.