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In sync for International Games Day

In sync for International Games Day

In sync for International Games Day
November 17
23:42 2014

Hannah Lauritzen / Intern Writer

All work and no play can lead to frustrated college students.         On Saturday, UNT students joined people across the globe in celebrating the unifying power of games.

Nov. 15 was the seventh annual International Games Day, a worldwide initiative by the American Library Association that aims to connect people through games in their local libraries. The UNT Media Library participated this year, as it has since the event’s inception. The event featured an array of video and board games, two guest speakers from the board game industry, food and fun.                           

“Games and gaming is a great way to get students together, engaging with each other and forming new relationships that will carry through their school years and beyond,” Assistant Librarian Diane Robson said.

International games day catalyzed for the media library’s monthly Game On! Events, which have been around for five years.

“Our hope is that the new friendships and the knowledge they gain at our casual events each month will at least keep them going through a tough school year and at most encourage them to create games together and maybe even consider a career in the gaming industry,” Robson said.

The last session of a four-part workshop focused on board game design overlapped with International Games Day. This session featured board game designer Dave Killingsworth who talked about using Kickstarter to fund projects, and CEO of Gamer Nation Studios Dave Villegas, who spoke about the publishing process for games.

Interdisciplinary graduate student Chrystal Hollis said she’d never made a game before, and found the trial and error process of it interesting.

“There’s definitely a process. You start out with an idea and figure out what you want your objectives to be. You brainstorm ways to make it more engaging and fun. You do a play test. It’s not perfect the first time you make it. It’s kind of like a rough draft, sort of like a book,” she said.

Robson said the media library encourages student groups with an interest in gaming to set up their own tables. This year, the UNT game developers club set up a table to show the games its members created.

Member and computer science sophomore Terrance Ward said he appreciates the community aspect of gaming.

“A lot of times, even if you’re playing single-player games, there is a community of people who like to talk about that game,” he said. “As far as our club goes, we’ve tried to establish a good community. Game development is largely group-based. We meet a lot of different people from a lot of different group disciplines that come together to make a cool product for other people to come together and enjoy.” 

Robson finds it important for students to take a break from studying and take part in constructive game playing.

“Not only are you potentially winning a game, but you are also reaping these other rewards as you play,” Robson said. “Our students are taking a break from studying, but they are still learning as they play.” 

Featured Image: Mechanical engineering and energy major senior Luke Garner and freshman Joshua Dorsey battle it out on the XBox 360 in the media library located in Chilton Hall. Photo by Adrian Warfield – Staff Photographer

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