This Saturday, the University of Illinois Library will take part in the third annual National Gaming Day @ Your Library, in conjunction with American Library Association.
Activities during the event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, will include a national "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" tournament and a workshop on designing 3-D graphics. Some titles from the the library's vintage gaming collection — mostly Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis games — will also be available to play. And student groups are invited to bring games to play too.
While the public is welcome to drop by, the "Brawl" tournament is open to students only. Prelims will begin at 11 a.m., with the national online tournament starting around noon. About 30 to 40 libraries have signed up to participate in the tournament so far, according to David Ward, an associate professor at the Undergraduate Library.
The workshop on creating graphics using OpenGL programming will begin at 2 p.m. Participants will need to bring a computer with Visual C++ installed to follow along. Links for downloading the free program can be found at the gaming event's site at http://www.library.illinois.edu/gaming/events.html.
For information, call the library at 333-3477 or e-mail Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.