Video games are immensely captivating. One moment we’re fighting aliens on strange new worlds, the next we’re lining up three jewels and wondering where the last three hours have gone. They engage us and challenge us. But there’s so much more to video gaming than playing games. How do they capture and hold our attention? What do they tell us about our views on issues like gender, sex, and violence? The global video game industry – now in excess of $112 billion - has surpassed Hollywood to become the biggest entertainment market in the world. What does that mean for our society?
This summer, the Calgary Public Library, in partnership with the University of Alberta, Faculty of Arts, is offering a virtual summer camp for high school students interested in learning more about video games. Modelled after the U of A’s highly sought-after “Understanding Video Games” course, this free 10 lesson online program offers an authentic university experience through self-study. Want to learn more? Visit uab.ca/uvgcpl to sign up.
Then, if you're participating in Youth Read, go claim your badge with the code "UVG". To use the badge code, click on “Earn Badges” at the top of the Youth Read website, then “Claim a Badge” at the top right. It will give you a text box for the code and all you have to do is type it in and hit “Claim”. Make sure you log in before you try to claim a badge!