Dragon Age: Origins
Developer: BioWare Edmonton, Edge of Reality (console versions)
Publishers: Electronic Arts
Released: November 2009
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC, PC download, Mac download
ASIN: B001IK1BJ0
Rating: M 17+

GENRE: Video Game, Role Playing

TEASER: You have been chosen to save your people. You will be forced to make difficult choices that will determine whether you fail or succeed.

SUMMARY: Dragon Age: Origins is a single player role-playing game. It is the story of Grey Warden, the last of an ancient order of guardians who have defended the lands of Thedas for centuries. You have been chosen to hunt down the archdemon and unite the shattered lands of Thedas.

CRITIQUE: This game has a lot of features that I didn’t know where available on games like these. One intriguing feature was that you could decrease the amount of blood and gore in the game. Now, this may not be a feature that a teenage boy would often use but I think it is a useful feature. It increases the range of the audience. You are given a number of options for chosing you character as well, including character customization options including: class, race, appearance, abilities, and equipment. There are also features which allow you to add subtitles and adjust the games coloring and brightness. The graphics are quite good as well. The story seemed to be well thought out and written.

WEBSITE: http://dragonage.bioware.com/agegate/?url=%2F

CHALLENGE ISSUES: Some might have a problem with the level of violence in this game. Ther might also be some issues with sexual content and morality.

DEFENSE: I would remind them of the gore filter feature.

I would also suggest looking at the ALA’s support page for challenged materials.

CURRICULUM TIES: N?A

BOOKTALKING IDEAS N/A

WHY INCLUDED: I was told by a friend that this game was more accessible for people with disabilities. This instantly intrigued me.

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