November 13, 2010
Super Smash Bros. Brawl recap - UGL went on a tear!
Students at the UGL threw a serious beatdown on patrons of other libraries Saturday during a vicious three-hour coast-to-cast brawl.
They were competing in the American Library Association's annual online Super Smash Brothers Brawl tournament, part of ALA's National Gaming Day. Each match pitted two players each from two libraries in a free-for-all brawl. In 10 preliminary matches, UIUC's players logged nine 1-2 finishes, good for fourth place among 50+ libraries, and one of eight spots in the direct elimination playoffs.
The problem with a winning streak, though, is it has to end some time. UIUC lost a squeaker in the first round of the playoffs and was eliminated.
Nonetheless, the merciless thrashings doled out by UIUC's team were impressive. Thanks, to "DW7," "ERJ," "Paco," and "Kevin" for representing the UGL!
November 8, 2010
National Gaming Day 2010!
The Undergraduate Library would like to formally invite you to our National Gaming day on Saturday, November 13th, 2010 starting at 11am in the Undergraduate Library.
Students can represent the University of Illinois in a national Super Smash Bros Brawl tournament. Qualifying rounds start at 11am, and the top four brawlers will compete online against other libraries. The top four contestants also will win a gift card from the Undergraduate Library for Exile on Main Street.
During the day you can also take an OpenGL workshop to learn the basics of computer graphics, play selections from our vintage and modern gaming collections, and more. The schedule is as follows:
11:00 am - 4:00 pm: Open gaming with items from the UGL’s collection!
11:00 am: Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament
2:00 pm: Video Game Graphics Workshop in room 295
For more information, see the event description at our Gaming Initiatives page: http://www.library.illinois.edu/gaming/events.html
You can also contact Joseph Roberts (email@example.com) or David Ward (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information regarding the rules or events.
November 4, 2010
BiblioBouts - new Information Literacy game
A multi-university group, led by researchers at the School of Information at the University of Michigan and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, have released a new game for teaching information literacy skills that can be integrated into or supplement existing information literacy instruction programs. Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Studies, the project's homepage provides multiple status reports covering the development and evaluation of this 3-year project.
The gam itself can be found at http://www.bibliobouts.org/ with username "email@example.com" and password "demo". There are also example videos of gameplay available at the bottom of the Instructor FAQ.