Monday, July 12, 2004

NYU's Camp/Game: Intensive Video Game Creation

This Associated Press item showed up in this morning's Columbus Dispatch and I am fascinated. NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies has a program called Entertainment, Technology, Digital Arts and Design and they are offering a summer camp for gamers. "The campers--all guys aged 15-20--will use the Center for Advanced Digital Application's cutting-edge equipment to learn the techniques behind best-selling masterpieces such as Doom, Quake and Madden NFL Football."

So, these are the kind of people we need to work on an information literacy interactive game to make bibliographic instruction as "sticky" as game-playing. If people will spend hours working on solving problems, attaining another game level, beating Tiger Woods on the virtual golf course, and getting all the tiles off the Mah Jongg board, why oh why can't we in the library profession provide a learning environment as compelling and fun? Surely clever people could build gaming environments that reward good information choices and build information literacy, in a way we'd all find more fun? Now, go eat your spinach.

4 comments:

George said...

This reminds me of the "Hackfest" we talk about in the Blog. And it really sounds like fun.

David said...

I keep a pinky toe in the field plus I'm in Tiger Woods 2003 and 2004 as AI opponent thanks to being in the beta group for the PC game.

Keep in mind that the gaming industry has seen major players like Sony, Microsoft and Electronic Artist working with schools like NYU and USC to set up programs like the one mentioned in the article so that these programs can develop the next generation of talent for their booming industry. Gone are the days of someone building a game in their basement. Production of some titles takes years with full time staffs, cutting edge tools and hollywood size budgets in some cases.

The question is, what can we at OCLC do to help shape the culture of the libraries we serve?

BTW check out Ben's Game. It was a project done with Make A Wish and the folks at LucasArts. Make A Wish got a request from a kid named Ben to have a character created after him in one of their upcoming games. LucasArts did one better and had Ben serve as a producer on a game which they give away for free. More @
http://www.makewish.org/site/pp.asp?c=cvLRKaO4E&b=64401

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