A Colossal Catalog Adventure: Representing Indie Video Games and Game Creators in Library Catalogs

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Tiffany N. Henry, Discovery Cataloger (Creator)
Katherine J. Nunnally, Multiformats Cataloging Technician (Creator)
Colin Post, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Significant changes in how video games are made and distributed require catalogers to critically reflect on existing approaches for representing games in library catalogs. Digital distribution channels are quickly supplanting releases of games on physical media while also facilitating a dramatic increase in independent-made games that incorporate novel subject matter and styles of gameplay. This paper presents an action research project cataloging 18 independently-made digital games from a small publisher, Choice of Games, considering how descriptive cataloging, subject cataloging, and name authority control for these works compares to mainstream video games.

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Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 61:7-8, 792-814, DOI: 10.1080/01639374.2023.2280207
Language: English
Date: 2023
Cataloging for digital resources, name authority records, subject cataloging, digital games, narrative games, managing electronic resources

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