It's that time of year again. Snow is just starting to come down, the days are shorter, the nights are longer, families are getting together....that's right, it's International Games Day!
For the past seven years, libraries across all seven continents (including Antarctica) have all convened on the third Saturday in November to celebrate gaming in all its glorious forms. Whether you're a fan of roleplaying tabletop games, trading cards, Minecraft, Mario Cart, Pokémon or the classics, we've got you covered. In homage to this special event, here are some interesting gaming facts you might not know:
1. Based on the 2016 Sales, Demographic and Usage Data the average gamer is -not- a teenage boy. The largest group of gamers fall in the 36+ years old category, and 48% identify as female.
2. Gamers age 13 and over spend an average of 6.3 hours each week playing games. That's a total of about 328 hours a year! (Nielsen)
3. Gaming industry gross sales in 2013 were over $21 billion (2014 Sales, Demographic and Usage Data).
4. According to Pac-Man designer, Toru Iwatani, Pac-Man was inspired by a time he was eating pizza and noticed the pie with a missing slice looked like a mouth.
5. Mario is named for the first Nintendo warehouse landlord, Mario Segale. His character originally was called Mr. Video.
There are so many great resources and books about gaming at the library -- from desiging your own games, player handbooks and more. Check some of them out here.
The Denver Public Library will be hosting a variety of events in celebration of International Game Day, including life-sized games, trading card competitions, games for Xbox & Wii, prizes and snacks. Visit our events calendar for a complete list of locations and further details. Game on!