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Gaming for Change

If those of you reading this are anything like the teens who come into the Sheraden branch of CLP (where I work), then you like to play games on the computer.  Really really like it.  If you like playing games AND learning about global issues, then School Library Journal has just the list for you.

According to Games for Change founder Barry Joseph, these games “compete not with classroom instruction but rather with entertaining games on the Web.”  And you don’t need to download anything to the computer to play them, which can be a problem on the public computers at the library.

Check out games like Tempest in Crescent City  , an action game where you play the character of Vivica Walter, who has to navigate her recurring dreams about Hurricane Katrina to save her family and friends.  This game was designed with input from a group of teens at Canarsie High School in Brooklyn.

Or Do I Have a Right? where you play a lawyer and must eart prestige points by deciding if your cases are good enough to go to court.

You can also design your own games using these programs:

Scratch

YoYo Games

Gamestar Mechanic

Or check out these books from your local library:

Video Game Careers by David S.J. Hodgson, Bryan Stratton, and Alice Rush

Game boys : professional videogaming’s rise from the basement to the big time by Michael Kane.

The art of the video game  by Josh Jenisch.

Writing for animation, comics & games by Christy Marx.

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