We’re back! 4 surprisingly warm days in Chicago in an executive suite (got a deal, yay Orbitz), a couples massage, several fine bottles of wine accompanying several excellent meals and we saw a Second City show (that’s the improv troop that most of the classic SNL stars came from). Ah, what a great 10th anniversary with the woman I’m still mad for. Then it was off to Oak Brook to talk to some librarians. How’d it go? Fantastic. Libraries aren’t fond of censorship and they’ve been lending movies and music for long enough that they don’t fear games.
This was a positive experience. I was only nervous because the previous keynote speakers, Kutner and Prensky, are authors.
GamerDad isn’t a scholarly endeavor. I preach a new kind of common sense about games and it’s a message that people seem to really like. My speech delved a bit into the history of violence controvery and media, covered the basics of videogame history, and gave practical advice. Actually, this guy summed up my speech pretty nicely!
I’ve got to thank Reasearch Quest Paul and ALA Techsource’s Jenny Levine and I also want to thank all the nice men and women who appreciated my views. I was treated very warmly, the Library looks like a safe refuge and ally in the videogame debates. And, what a great way to reach parents!