Mass Effect to be used as teaching material

Mass Effect is to be used on a school's reading list thanks to Darren Wershler of Concordia University. He was able to get Mass Effect on the Contemporary Canadian Fiction reading list due to it satisfying the criteria of being contemporary (2007), Canadian (developed by Bioware) and fiction. Identifying a video game as fiction is sure to raise a few eyebrows - only recently film critic Roger Ebert got into a row with gamers thanks to him refusing to believe games could be a form of art.

Call me biased but I tend to fall into the camp that does think games can be art or proper fiction. Sure a game with a good plot is in the minority but bad plots don't exist only in the realm of video games - you can get trashy films and books too...