May 21, 2024

UT Libraries hosts international games week

Hodges Library of the University of Tennessee hosted an “International Games Week” from Nov. 4-10 and invited students to come play and learn about games from all over the world.

The University of Tennessee Libraries hosted International Games Week  Nov. 4-10 in Hodges Library room 209.

The event featured various game consoles, board games and a virtual reality set. Some games, like betend, were international or vintage. Students were encouraged to stop by during their free time to check out what all the event had to offer.

Allison Shepard, an online learning librarian at UT, was the coordinator of the event.  She is a member of the “American Library Association Games and Gaming Roundtable,” which is a committee that plans events, similar to this one, nationally and internationally.

Tables were set up in Hodges Library full of various international games for students to play from Nov. 4-10. Photo/ London Montaque

Shepard borrowed games from the International House here on campus. A few games included were Uno Deluxe, tridewi, Incan Gold, Catan and a domino set from Japan.

Shepard spoke about a specific game called Skull, which was inspired by the Day of the Dead, from Mexico. The pieces used to play the game include flowers and skulls in various colors and designs. Shepard described it as “a simple game to play with beautiful pieces.”

Other games were donated from publishers, and some came from Shepard’s personal childhood games.

“We have a Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis and Game Cube which are all mine from when I was a kid,”  Shepard said.

Students were able to stop by Hodges Library at the University of Tennessee to play various international games as well as popular video games. Photo/ London Montaque

This is the first year that International Games Week has taken place at the University of Tennessee, and Shepard believes it will return.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Shepard said. “The turnout has been great, and I think that every is having a good time. I’d like to have it again for sure.”

An upcoming UT Libraries event, “De-Stress for Success,” will be held at the end of the semester. This event will be similar to International Games Week with games and activities set up for students to play. They will also bring in Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT) dogs for students to play with.

More information about UT Library events can be found on their website.

Featured Photo by London Montaque

Edited by Ainsley Kelso and Lauren Claxton

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