Best of Gamescom 2016 Winners Selected by Gamescom Committee

gamescomEvery year, Germany’s Digital Gaming Culture Foundation (Stiftung Digitale Spielekultur) supervises the Gamescom Committee, a small group of journalists who choose the best games that were present at the Gamescom expo. The Gamescom expo is held in the Summer, and serves as the European equivalent to the Los Angeles-based E3 Expo.

While most of these titles are still in development, you should keep them in mind when you add games to your collection this Fall and into 2017.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was named “Best of Gamescom,” and the full list of winners and nominees can be found below. Continue reading

Games and Gaming Round Table Seeking Proposals for ALA Midwinter 2017

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The Games and Gaming Round Table is seeking proposals for ALA Midwinter 2017, which will be held in Atlanta this January. Matthew Murray, who is part of the GameRT’s Program Planning Committee, made the announcement on ALA Connect:

The Games and Gaming Roundtable is now accepting conference presentation proposals on games and gaming in libraries for the American Library Association Midwinter Conference, January 20-24, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Presenters will be required to provide either a twenty-minute presentation with Q & A or an hour-long hands on workshop.

Proposals are due September 9th, 2016.

Please include the names and email addresses of the presenters, and the title, a short description, and 200 word abstract of your proposal.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at thematthewmurray@gmail.com.

Best of E3 2016 Winners Selected by Game Critics Awards

e3Every year, the Game Critics Awards, a collection of editors from more than 40 major publications that cover the video game industry, get together to choose the best games at the E3 Expo.

While all of these titles are still in development, you should keep them in mind when you add games to your collection this Fall and into 2017.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was named “Best of Show,” and the full list of winners and nominees can be found below. Continue reading

2016 ALA Conference – A Report from ALA’s Games and Gaming Round Table

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The American Library Association hosted the ALA Annual Conference this weekend in Orlando, and Brian Mayer, the incoming President of the ALA’s Games and Gaming Round Table, provided a quick wrap-up of the event at ALA Connect:

Two big things that we will be working on is this coming year is consolidating the voice of the GameRT, providing a central outreach to membership and publishers that speaks to all of the ways that they can be involved. The second is increasing our outreach and communication with the membership, creating conversational spaces and resources where members and interests are. So look for GameRT communities to pop up in Steam, BGG, and more.

Mayer also quickly covered ALAPlay, the Gaming Lounge, and a number of events and panels that were held over the weekend.

Preview of Gaming Events at 2016 ALA Conference @ International Games Day Blog

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The ALA’s International Games Day @ Your Library blog has provided a preview of the gaming events that’ll be available at this year’s ALA Conference in Orlando:

Not only does the American Library Association’s Games and Gaming Roundtable (GameRT) manage International Games Day, but they are also active in transforming libraries. GameRT will be bringing its magic to Orlando, but not in the form of wizards. All of this magic is done by librarians from various libraries around the United States.

The 2016 ALA Conference is scheduled to begin on June 23 and run through June 28. More information is available at ALAAnnual.org.

GameRT and AASL to Host “GAME: Gaming As Meaningful Education” on September 23-24

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The American Library Association’s Games and Gaming Round Table will join forces with the American Association of School Librarians to host “GAME: Gaming As Meaningful Education” this Fall. The two-day conference will focus on “how games encourage critical thinking, problem solving and creative activities.” The conference will be held in Rochester, NY on September 23 and September 24, if you’re interested in attending:

A new two-day event from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will focus on how games encourage critical thinking, problem solving and creative activities. Co-sponsored by the ALA Games & Gaming Round Table, GAME | Gaming As Meaningful Education, will be held September 23-24 in Rochester, N.Y.

Attendees will explore how to implement interactive learning opportunities in their library program through all types of games. They will also discover how these strategies connect communities – students, parents, and educators – through the educational, recreational, and social value of games.

More information is available at the ALA’s website and through ALA Connect.

Best of Gamescom 2015 Winners Selected by Gamescom Committee

gamescomEvery year, Germany’s Digital Gaming Culture Foundation (Stiftung Digitale Spielekultur) supervises the Gamescom Committee, a small group of journalists who choose the best games that were present at the Gamescom expo. The Gamescom expo is held in the Summer, and serves as the European equivalent to the Los Angeles-based E3 Expo.

While most of these titles are still in development, you should keep them in mind when you add games to your collection this Fall and into 2016.

Star Wars: Battlefront was named “Best of Gamescom,” and the full list of winners and nominees can be found below. Continue reading