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What Video Games Have To Teach Us About Learning And Literacy

Posted in Books with tags , , , , on June 1, 2008 by frans

The pedagogic and cognitive character of digital games has been long in the interests of academic educators, but recent years have seen strong rise in the study of so-called ‘serious games’. James Paul Gee points out in his book that we should turn our attention to entertainment games in order to learn about effective pedagogic in interactive media.

Gee, James Paul (2003) What Video Games Have To Teach Us About Learning And Literacy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Amazon.com preview into the revised edition here.

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Games of the North American Indians

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2008 by frans

There are few as thorough anthropological studies of games and play as this classic work by Stewart Culin, now available as a two-volume paperback version.

Culin, Stewart (1907/1992a) Games of the North American Indians. Vol. 1: Games of Chance. Lincoln and London: Bison Books/University of Nebraska Press.

Culin, Stewart (1907/1992b) Games of the North American Indians. Vol. 2: Games of Skill. Lincoln and London: Bison Books/University of Nebraska Press.

The Escapist

Posted in Journals with tags , , on March 11, 2008 by frans

The Escapist has been published since 2005, and has the benefit of being open access, edited games magazine. Note, that this is not an academic journal, but if you are looking for accessible games journalism, and a source of topical information on games cultures, you might be interested to check out The Escapist. See:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/

Mobygames

Posted in Online resources with tags , on March 9, 2008 by frans

Mobygames is a website that maintains a database of digital games. The site aims to catalogue all games, and it relies on user contibutions to extend its range. See:
http://www.mobygames.com/