The Fairy Knights are a great introduction to RPG games. I understand that a lot of gamer parents read litrpg stories to their children, but I suggest that books meant for adults are not just worrisome in their content at times; they also have a quite complicated gaming system. It is smart to introduce easy concepts that create a framework and then build up from there. Plus the jokes and humor are parent-written and son-approved, so there is a vetting process by a kid in that age range who is a gamer himself!
Ender’s Game is another excellent GameLit book and a very early (1985) example. Ender Wiggin has been a fantastic video game player since he was a child. He’s so talented that the military wants him to participate in wargames. Warfare in the future is fought in space, and the games the military wants Ender to play at Battle School are all about visualizing strategy and tactics in huge space volumes with gravitational complexities. Ender is a prodigy at it, but he’s also a youngster who, although causing a lot of competition and hatred among his fellow ‘Launchies,’ rallies a few close friends.
Ender outperforms all other trainees in the most difficult game of them all, the Mind game, and the Salamander Army’s highest commanders want him. Ender continues to win despite the fact that he is placed in really tough situations. Because of his faith in the tiny number of fresh troops sent to him, his squad, like the many-headed hydra, cannot be defeated by concentrating just on Ender. Despite his youth, Ender eventually commands whole fleets in a massive video-game war against extraterrestrial foes.
Warcross by Marie Lu is a recent example of GameLit.
Frequently Asked Questions about GameLit
WHAT EXACTLY IS GAMELIT?
GameLit is a kind of fiction in which the characters are engaged in a game world or the universe itself has game-like rules.
IS THERE A DISTINCTION BETWEEN LITRPG AND GAMELIT?
In essence, yes, but LitRPG contains extensive explanations of the game’s mechanics and, in particular, the growth of the characters inside it.
LITRPG OR GAMELIT: WHICH IS MORE POPULAR?
While certain GameLit novels have been incredibly successful, such as Ready Player One, there are many more LitRPG titles and active online communities than there are for GameLit.
IS THERE A GAMELIT FOR READY PLAYER ONE?
Yes, and it’s one of the more illustrative instances.