Interactive novel: SC2VN, a digital comic about Starcraft players

“SC2VN is a visual novel about the South Korean Starcraft 2 scene. You play as Mach, a foreign semi-pro trying to make it in eSports”. This a an example of the relatively little-known interactive-novel genre, and I’m particularly interested in how it meta-reflects on game culture by telling a story about professional Starcraft players. From the Ars Technica review: “The game does a transcendent job of matching big-budget documentaries in communicating the love of e-sports”. Continue reading

Free ebook: Game Research Methods. An Overview

Petri Lankoski and Staffan Björk have edited a book titled “Game Research Methods: An Overview”. Since I’ve been giving advice to students about conducting game-related research, this might be a precious (and free) resource. From the official page: “This book provides an introduction to various game research methods that are useful to students in all levels of higher education covering both quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. In addition, approaches using game development for research is described. Each method is described in its own chapter by a researcher with practical experience of applying the method to topic of games”. Continue reading

Free ebook: Game Educator’s Handbook

The Game Educator’s Handbook, edited by J. Tuomas Harviainen, Mikko Meriläinen, and Tommi Tossavainen, is “a cooperation between gamers, game designers, game educators, researchers and people working with problem gaming”. From the official webpage: “After reading, you will have a better understanding of what gaming is all about, why it interests people, why it’s addictive, and why it’s at the same time good in many ways. The book is intended as a resource to improve game literacy and is written for all types of educators, parents, schools, libraries, youth organisations, and anyone with connections to children, adolescents or adults that play digital games”.

It is published under a CC BY 4.0 licence, and may be downloaded for free Continue reading