Apparently some Nebraska librarians bought a Sony PlayStation for their library and shot a video while they played games. Nebraska (Motto, "No, Sir, We Don't Like It. Not One Bit.") found the video on YouTube during a search for videos on "another use for corn" and called the Action 3 News Team to express its outrage. "It's outrageous," Nebraska apparently said.
Now, when I play Fallout 3 at work and run the Xbox through our new ceiling-mounted $4,000 DLP projector, I shut the door to keep people from watching. Hell, I didn't trick my supervisor into thinking all this gaming crap was for teen programs just to let actual teens get their hands on all this cool stuff. I'm still in the planning stages. Planning stages that could take all of 2009.
From the Action 3 News Team Story:
Outrage of Video Showing Librarians' Playing On The ClockNot only were the librarians paid to "play games," they were reimbursed for mileage to attend "workshops" and to "eat lunch."
The Action 3 News Team set out to show the ten minute YouTube video to some Nebraska tax payers in Omaha,... Cameron Paladino stood with his father, Kevin, while the father explained, "They are setting up this game, like a PlayStation game like Guitar Hero, while they're at work, and then they're playing it while they should be working. We are pay for that through our taxes."
With a confused look on his face the 6 year old says, "Is that bad?" His father Kevin says, "That is bad."
"How dare they," Nebraska responded when it heard.
The Action 3 News Team story concludes that the $400 "game is sitting in a closet, it is not even being used." Okay, Action 3 News Team Assholes, do you want the librarians to play games, or not???
The Nebraska Governor has appointed six people to find out just when Nebraska acquired these librarians, and what it is the librarians are doing there. Because they sure aren't farming.