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STEPHENVILLE (November 12, 2015) — Shipwrecked on a mysterious island. Betrayed. Forced to perform for an audience of cats. Find out how it all turns out Thursday, Nov. 19, when Tarleton State University’s Game Club and Tarleton’s Dick Smith Library sponsor a cash-prize BattleBlock Theater tournament.
In concert with International Games Day, the free fun takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. in Room 104 of the library. The public—including area high school students—is invited, and a number of other games will be available.
Now in its eighth year, International Games Day—usually the third Saturday of November—is an initiative of the American Library Association, the Australian Library & Information Association and Nordic Game Day to connect communities around the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games.
“International Games Day is a great opportunity for libraries to engage with students and patrons in a different way,” said Knut Hybinette, assistant professor of game design in digital media studies. “Research in the last five years documents the benefits experienced by children and adolescents playing new, interactive games. Newer video games, like BattleBlock Theater, provide young people with social, cognitive and emotional experiences as well as boost mental health and well-being.”
BattleBlock Theater is a comedy platform game developed by The Behemoth and published by Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360, Windows, Mac and Linux. The game was released in 2013.
Tarleton Game Club promotes game design and development for students, faculty and staff. Each year, the club hosts tournaments and participates in game design competitions. Members currently are creating an interactive game centered on the university’s tradition and history. The game’s debut is set for spring.
Tarleton Game Club meets weekly on the Stephenville campus. For more information, visithttps://www.facebook.com/groups/tarletongameclub/. For information on Tarleton’s digital media studies, go tohttp://www.tarleton.edu/COLFAWEB/dms/degrees.html.