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International Games Day at the Island University Connects Students with Computer Science, Fun Activities

November 30, 2015

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The Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was abuzz with excitement as current and prospective computer science students and the public played new and classic video games projected on the walls of the library, board games and a giant size chess game set during the second International Games Day held November 21.

“This event allows students that enjoy games to meet, relax and play games with others,” said Jeff Janko, Library Information Specialist. “Students discover that the library is more than a place to do research and study. It’s also a place to have fun and meet new people.”

During the event, participants had the opportunity to see projects developed by the University’s Innovation in Computing Research Labs (iCORE) students and other computer science students. They were also able to learn about computer science and related degree plans that are offered at the Island University. The first five participants received a free gamer’s swag bag.

“With finals week coming up, this is a great event to relieve stress from studying and upcoming tests,” said Kayla Mainskinner, marine biology major.

A new addition to this year’s event was the “Global Gossip” game. This is a classic folk game most people know as “Telephone.” A total of 75 libraries from around the world participated. Each library received a telephone call at a designated time from another participating library and was read a secret phrase. The phrase was then whispered from student to student for 25 minutes before the receiving library called another library and read the secret phrase to them. In a couple of weeks, a report will be sent to all of the participating libraries that will reveal how the phrase changed during the event and what it finally became.

National Games Day was started in 2007 as an attempt to set a world’s record for the number of people playing the same game at the same time at libraries around the world. National Games Day became International Games Day in 2012 and has grown to include more than 1,200 participating libraries in more than 30 countries and territories, including Argentina, Australia, Norway, Sweden and Indonesia.

To view all photos from the event, click here.