As part of International Gaming Week, Plymouth Libraries invited some of the Positive People team from Cosmic and Pop+ to join them in celebration. Three of the project’s biggest gaming fans, Rob, Chris and Emma, jumped on the chance to get the community involved in this fun event.
The focus of the event was to bring people together with some retro games and give parents a chance to introduce their children to them too. Many visitors commented on the nostalgic feel the games gave them. While battling a boss on Sonic the Hedgehog, one visitor commented “I haven’t played Sonic since I was 7 years old, and this just brings back so many memories. It’s nice that we can have events like this that we can come to for free and the children can get something from it too”.
During the week, the Positive People team visited Central Library and Plymstock library. With them they brought a Mini-SNES and some retro games, as well as iPads with Pacman, Sonic the Hedgehog and a game that teaches you about coding. The team were also joined by Plymouth University, who were showcasing a range of retro consoles such as an Atari 2600, Sega Saturn and the Nintendo Entertainment System. The event attracted families from around Plymouth. Parents brought their children to show them the kinds of consoles they played on as a child and to try something different from the modern high spec games they might be used to.
During the event, the team were able to connect with the local community, reaching those who might be interested in joining the Positive People project, and giving them an opportunity to find out more about what the project can do to support them.
A focus of the project for Cosmic is to help people connect digitally. Rob Bowker, Digital Training Assistant with Cosmic, commented, “Games are a vehicle that can bring people together and make them feel comfortable with the use of technology. For instance, the iPad version of Pacman can massively assist when introducing someone to the idea of swiping on a touchscreen.”
During the course of the two days, Positive People saw over 50 people and made several referrals onto the project, for people who are looking for support getting back into work.