Each Thursday this summer, I’ll be posting a video game and corresponding book list. This is just a fun, personal project that was actually the brainchild of my boyfriend who thought that A) it sounded awesome and B) that there are a lot of parents who would love to have some resources for those kids who would rather be in front of a screen than a book. I’m hoping these titles will appeal to both boys and girls who love gaming and who do love storytelling; they just need the right book to make them readers. Each list will include the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) rating for the game. I know that every family is different, but want to make sure this information is provided as I’ll be offering lists for games for younger kids as well as teens.
Call of Duty (Mature)
Call of Duty is a first-person shooter video game with a number of games in the franchise. The original game sequences started as a World War II story that combines infantry and arms warfare as you follow soldiers from the perspective of a variety of soldiers. As the games have progressed, The Modern Warfare story arc has moved into the modern era with modern equipment and new features to explore. Now, moving into the future, Call of Duty, Infinite Warfare will be released in November as players are now looking to colonies in outer space as Earth has become overpopulated and stripped of all natural resources. Although there have been changes to the game since its inception in 2003, this is one of the popular and long-standing videogames on the market. Books chosen for this category are looking closely at the new games in this system with futuristic, science fiction titles on this list.
Juan Rico signed up with the Federal Service at the spur of the moment, but as he learns about what it takes to be a soldier, he is determined to become a trooper. But when war comes as it does eventually, Juan Rico must learn the reason why he’s become a soldier after knowing the how. Battle scenes and high-tech weapons abound, but the story’s true bread and butter comes down to the people and the politics behind war.
World War Z by Max Brooks
A different take on a zombie apocalypse, this story tells the first-hand accounts of survivors of the Zombie War as Max Brooks travels from cities where thousands of people use to live to the far reaches of the planet to ensure that these stories survive, even if no one else does.