Gaming, World Building, and Narrative

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The list author says: "Here are some materials students in English 236 - Introductory Topics in Creative Writing: Gaming, World Building, and Narrative might find useful."
First Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game
1.  First Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game by Noah Wardrip-Fruin
The list author says:
  "The first book in the series deals mostly with digital narratives and video games with a little game theory thrown in. Good stuff but probably the least relevant of the three for this particular course."
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Second Person: Role-Playing and Story in Games and Playable Media
2.  Second Person: Role-Playing and Story in Games and Playable Media by Noah Wardrip-Fruin
The list author says:
  "The essays in Second Person heavily influenced the concept and design of this course. The first section deals with tabletop RPGs and other non-digital games, and then it moves into digital applications and video games. Highly recommended."
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Third Person: Authoring and Exploring Vast Narratives
3.  Third Person: Authoring and Exploring Vast Narratives by Noah Wardrip-Fruin
The list author says:
  "I'm working my way through the final volume in this collection and have enjoyed it immensely. The editors include plenty of essays discussing RPGs and gaming in the contents, and there are other thoughtful essays on films, television series, and other "vast" narratives. Another highly recommended book for this course."
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Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames
4.  Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames by Ian Bogost
The list author says:
  "This book is an extended discussion of the concepts brought up in Bogost's essay "The Rhetoric of Video Games." A very thought-provoking look at how video games might be used more effectively in education, politics, and advertising. Not very applicable to the course, but great for the video game lover."
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Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism
5.  Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism by Ian Bogost
The list author says:
  "In this class we've been looking at the "unit operations" of characters and settings in the stories, films, and games we've played. The concept comes from Bogost's book of the same name. Warning! This book is heavy reading and steeped in theory. This isn't a bad thing but it may be a bit rich for most undergrad tastes."
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What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy. Second Edition
6.  What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy. Second Edition by James Paul Gee
The list author says:
  "Gee's book helped launch widespread interest in using videogames in educational settings. This is a very accessible book and explains how games encourage successful learning behaviors among players. In this book, Gee explains the concept of "embodied learning," where the player learns through experience and exploration in a virtual body in a virtual world."
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Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds
7.  Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds by Jesper Juul
The list author says:
  "You'll read selections from Juul's "Half-Real" in this course. Much of this book deals with trying to pin down exactly what we mean we talk about games and the act of playing; the last few chapters discuss in detail the relationship (and the gaps) between fiction and gameplay. If you like the selections we read in class, you'll probably like the whole book."
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The Ecology of Games: Connecting Youth, Games, and Learning (The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and                Learning)
8.  The Ecology of Games: Connecting Youth, Games, and Learning (The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning) by Katie Salen
The list author says:
  "The MIT Press publishes many of the books in this list. They also publish special edited series on games and gaming. Many of the essays here are excellent and accessible.

Note too that you can download each chapter free of charge from the MIT website here:
http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=12592&mode=toc"
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Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition- Prima Official Game Guide
9.  Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition- Prima Official Game Guide by David S. J. Hodgson
The list author says:
  "This is an offline resource detailing the world of Fallout 3. Much, if not all of this, can be found online (especially at the excellent http://fallout.wikia.com/) but the book can be annotated or used when offline."
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Fallout: New Vegas
10.  Fallout: New Vegas by Bethesda
The list author says:
  "The latest installment of the Fallout series. Also for the PS3 and PC."
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Fallout Trilogy - 3 Pack Compilation
11.  Fallout Trilogy - 3 Pack Compilation by Interplay Entertainment Corp
The list author says:
  "The original Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics. While there are many different versions of these packages, this is the one I purchased and can verify that it works on Windows Vista-64. Unlike Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, the PC requirements for the earlier versions are much lower and should be compatible with virtually any computer today."
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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
12.  Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome DVD ~ Mel Gibson
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The Road
13.  The Road DVD ~ Viggo Mortensen
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The Road (Movie Tie-in Edition 2009) (Vintage International)
14.  The Road (Movie Tie-in Edition 2009) (Vintage International) by Cormac McCarthy
The list author says:
  "The book that inspired the movie. Obviously."
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Wastelands
15.  Wastelands by George R. R. Martin
The list author says:
  "As you know, the anthology used in class."
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Brave New Worlds
16.  Brave New Worlds by M. Rickert
The list author says:
  "The new dystopian anthology, a genre that has much in common with the post-apocalypse."
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Federations
17.  Federations by John Joseph Adams
The list author says:
  "The deep space anthology, featuring my story "Eskhara," which received a mention in Publishers Weekly's starred review!
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/new-titles/adult-announcements/article/10326-fiction-book-reviews-week-of-5-18-2009-.html"
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The Living Dead
18.  The Living Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton
The list author says:
  "JJA's zombie anthology, which he told me privately one of my stories was literally the last one cut to make the page count. Gar!"
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The Living Dead 2
19.  The Living Dead 2 by Walter Greatshell
The list author says:
  "Because we can never get enough zombies."
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The Way of the Wizard
20.  The Way of the Wizard by Jonathan L. Howard
The list author says:
  "JJA's magic and fantasy anthology."
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Seeds of Change
21.  Seeds of Change by Tobias S. Buckell
The list author says:
  "The anti-apocalypse anthology."
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By Blood We Live
22.  By Blood We Live by Bruce McAllister
The list author says:
  "JJA's vampire anthology."
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Last updated: 2/7/11
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