Nebraska State Auditor Employs Fuzzy Logic to Zing Gaming Librarians

March 2, 2009 -

Last week GamePolitics reported that some Nebraska librarians were under investigation by State Auditor Mike Foley (R) for - horrors! - purchasing a PlayStation 2 and Rock Band set for use in the library.

Foley's final report on Nebraska's library system is now out, including his findings on the video game issue:

[Library] Commission employees have occasionally provided their own personal game consoles for trainings and demonstrations...

GP: Now that's dedication, a quality that government bureaucracy is so good at beating out of its employees. No good deed, as they say, goes unpunished.

The purchase of gaming equipment is a questionable use of public funds. It is common
knowledge that children enjoy games and toys, so there appears to have been little need to
purchase the games.

GP: Wait - kids like games, so the library shouldn't buy them? Does that mean they should expend their budget on things that people don't like? WTH?

Moreover, none of the games purchased were so complicated or out of the ordinary as to require the Commission to demonstrate their use to library staff and others...

GP: Because absolutely everyone who walks into a Nebraska library - including older librarians - has an innate sense of how to set up and play Rock Band or Dance Dance Revolution? Thankfully, the Library Commission defended it employees against the Foley-crats:

Gaming equipment and games have become increasingly popular and in demand resources for library programming and service. The Library Commission purchased game equipment in response to requests from Nebraska librarians for demonstration and instruction. The Library Commission’s actions in acquiring gaming equipment and a few representative games are proper and in accord with the agency’s state statutory mission and its purposes in introducing new technologies, techniques and providing information and instruction in the use of these technologies.
 

GP: Bureaucracy... Grrrr...

Via: Nebraska State Paper

UPDATE: Cornfed Gamer has a terrific report on the situation with lots of additional details.

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Re: Nebraska State Auditor Employs Fuzzy Logic to Zing Gaming

prom hairstyles for 2009

Re: Nebraska State Auditor Employs Fuzzy Logic to Zing Gaming

an interesting link from the end of the comments at cornfedgamer

http://nealo.com/2009/03/01/the-library-boss-job-wasnt-open-mar-1-2009/

Re: Nebraska State Auditor Employs Fuzzy Logic to Zing Gaming

"The purchase of gaming equipment is a questionable use of public funds. It is common
knowledge that children enjoy games and toys, so there appears to have been little need to
purchase the games."

No, really, does anyone have any idea what this is actually supposed to mean?

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My guess would be he wants to imply that everyone can somehow afford every possible video game and console just because they like them, and so no one would ever have to leave home to use one.  Either that or he said "I'm an idiot" in a little-known offshoot of the English language.  Probably both. 

-- Obi

Re: Nebraska State Auditor Employs Fuzzy Logic to Zing Gaming

The purchase of gaming equipment is a questionable use of public funds. It is common
knowledge that children enjoy games and toys, so there appears to have been little need to
purchase the games.

Making no sense speaking please?

“A reasonable man adapts himself to suit his environment. An unreasonable man persists in attempting to adapt his environment to suit himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw

Re: Nebraska State Auditor Employs Fuzzy Logic to Zing Gaming

Foley's words hurt my brain.

Re: Nebraska State Auditor Employs Fuzzy Logic to Zing Gaming

Okay, here's something interesting. Apparently libraries are supposed to have stuff that does NOT appeal to children. We must make sure kids are either ruined or chased away, so that they either learn nothing and hopefully never get a job like the scumbags that they are, or become dull gray pack-animals that will obediently do as they are told. So clearly Foley is part of the Illuminati and they're now going to use libraries to turn mankind into obedient sheep.

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Foley is part of the library Illuminati Holy Conspiercy theory Batman! [sarcasm]

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

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Moreover, none of the games purchased were so complicated or out of the ordinary as to require the Commission to demonstrate their use to library staff and others...

Oh yeah...that's why 3 17 year old, two of which major gamers, couldn't get a rockband guitar to work with rockband...because we're aparently dumbasses since it's so simple. (strangely I think the guitar Hero one worked...or i may have gotten them switched up, i forget the whole cross compatability thing).  The actual issue was the wireless reciever being f'ed up as far as we could tell.

Re: Nebraska State Auditor Employs Fuzzy Logic to Zing Gaming

The GH guitars won't work with RB and vice versa. The button settups are different.

Re: Nebraska State Auditor Employs Fuzzy Logic to Zing Gaming

That's what i thought, but the other 2 said they've done it before.  it was RB1 on PS2 if that makes a difference.

Okay, maybe my friends were just idiots at that point (i'd never messed with a ps2 wireless guitar, as i own GHIII for wii).

Re: Nebraska State Auditor Employs Fuzzy Logic to Zing Gaming

The first Rock Band was never o nthe PS2

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Re: Nebraska State Auditor Employs Fuzzy Logic to Zing Gaming

It seems to me that while he didn't necessarily understand it, he did endorse it as a way for the library to get people to show up.

 

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So, what's this guy's opinion on the toys found in the children's book areas? Does he feel that those are a waste of resources as well?

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