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What are web games?

According to Wikipedia, a web game is an online game played over some form of computer network. This almost always means the internet or equivalent technology. Web games can range from simple text-based games to games incorporating complex graphics and virtual worlds populated by many players simultaneously. Many web games have associated online communities, making them a form of social activity beyond single player games.

For cataloging purposes, web games will be considered a mixture of electronic and online integrating resources.

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What is not considered a web game?

See examples of what is not considered a web game.

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Method used in this Guide to catalog web games

This guide considers web games a mixture of electronic and online integrating resources. For this reason, we decided to follow rules in chapters 9 and 12 of AACR2r. Some of the recommendations suggested in this guide are based on guidelines for integrating resources stated in the Cataloging Electronic Resources: OCLC-MARC Coding Guidelines, 2006 by Jay Weitz and Cataloging for the 21st Century, Course 1: Rules and Tools for Cataloging Internet Resources, Trainee Manual, Session 5 Version 2, 2008 prepared by Steven J. Miller.

How to catalog web games:

Choosing a Template

Fixed Fields

Variable Fields:

Field 006

Field 007

Field 040

Sources of Information

Title and Statement of Responsibility (Field 245)

Variant Titles (Field 246)

Publication Area (Field 260)

Dates of Publication (Field 260 or 362)

Physical Description (Field 300)

Frequency of Updates (Field 310)

Notes (Fields 500's)

Subject Heading Form Subdivision (Delimiter $v)

Electronic Access (Field 856)

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