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Video Games and Reader's Advisory

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From Playstation to Page: Video Games and Reader's Advisory. Presented at the Illinois Library Association Conference, 10/9/09. Peoria, IL.

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Video Games and Reader's Advisory

  1. 1. From Playstation to Page: <br />Video Games and Reader’s Advisory<br />
  2. 2. From Playstation to Page<br />Maggie Hommel<br />University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign<br />Christie Chandler-Stahl<br />Evanston Public Library<br />Amber Creger<br />Chicago Public Library<br />
  3. 3. Appeal Characteristics<br /> Pacing<br /> Characterization<br /> Story Line<br /> Frame<br />Saricks, Joyce. Reader’s Advisory Service in the Public Library, 2005.<br />
  4. 4. Genres: Action-Adventure<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N1TJP1cxmo<br />
  5. 5. Genre: Action-Adventure<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69EBDlnDw2k<br />
  6. 6. Genres: Action-Adventure<br />Mirror’s Edge<br /> EA , 2008<br /> rated Teen<br />
  7. 7. Genres: Action-Adventure<br />Uncharted 2<br /> Naughty Dog, 2009<br /> rated Teen<br />
  8. 8. Genres: Action-Adventure<br />
  9. 9. Genres: Action-Adventure<br /> Pacing: Fast<br />Characterization:<br />First-person perspective<br />Story Line:Fairly developed, involves mission, quest, war<br />Frame: Fantasy world, impending danger<br />Star Wars: Force Unleashed<br />
  10. 10. Genres: Action-Adventure<br />Broadest category<br />Often most popular with males<br />Can be violent<br />Sub genres:<br />Survival Horror<br />Platform<br />First Person Shooters<br />Fighting Games<br />
  11. 11. Action-Adventure Book Selections<br />Fast paced is key<br />Challenging situations, survival, war<br />First person perspective<br />
  12. 12. Genres: RPGs<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTVzJZCVVV4<br />
  13. 13. Genres: RPGs<br />Fable 2<br /> Microsoft, 2008<br /> rated Mature<br />
  14. 14. Genres: Action-Adventure<br />
  15. 15. Genres: RPGs<br /> Pacing: Slower, 100 <br /> hours of play<br />Characterization:Player assumes identity, character develops over time<br />Story Line:Series of challenges or quest leading to a goal<br />Frame: Fantasy and magic, sometimes medieval, elaborate world <br />
  16. 16. Genres: RPGs<br /> Elaborate world-building<br /> Character development over time<br /> Epic – long term storytelling<br /> Sub genres:<br />MMORPGs<br />Action RPGs<br />Tabletop RPGs<br />
  17. 17. RPG Book Selections<br />Epic Fantasy<br />Series<br />Strong characters and world building<br />
  18. 18. Genres: Simulation<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKBgXJeQp_c<br />
  19. 19. Genres: Simulation<br />Sims 3<br /> EA, 2009<br /> rated Teen<br />
  20. 20. Genres: Simulation<br />
  21. 21. Genres: Simulation<br /> Pacing: Slow, exploration, <br /> non-linear<br />Characterization:Social aspect, player manipulates game from outside<br />Story Line: Achievement is goal, story created by player<br />Frame: Realistic, sometimes historic<br />
  22. 22. Simulation Book Suggestions<br /> Informational or realistic books<br /> Romance / relationships<br /> Military history and strategy<br />
  23. 23. Genres: Sports<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoCjNb8e0_s<br />
  24. 24. Genres: Sports<br />Madden 2010<br /> EA Sports, 2009<br /> rated Everyone<br />
  25. 25. Genres: Sports<br />
  26. 26. Genres: Sports<br /> Pacing: Fast-paced, <br /> competition driven<br />Characterization:<br />Little to none<br />Story Line: Game is storyline<br />Frame: Simulates real people and teams, as realistic as possible<br />
  27. 27. Sports Book Suggestions<br /> Don’t assume sports fiction<br /> Realistic, fact-based<br />
  28. 28. Genres: Puzzle / Rhythm<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlIiaGkSFYo<br />
  29. 29. Genres: Puzzle / Rhythm<br />
  30. 30. Genres: Puzzle / Rhythm<br /> Pacing: Fast or slow <br /> depending on game, skill level<br />Characterization:<br />Usually none; player plays as self<br />Story Line: Little story – chain of puzzles rather than larger goal<br />Frame: simple graphics, setting<br />
  31. 31. Puzzle / Rhythm Book Suggestions<br /> Mysteries<br /> Books with puzzle elements<br />

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