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The State Of Play : Sixteen Voices on Video Games

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FEATURING: IAN BOGOST - LEIGH ALEXANDER - ZOE QUINN - ANITA SARKEESIAN & KATHERINE CROSS - IAN SHANAHAN - ANNA ANTHROPY - EVAN NARCISSE - HUSSEIN IBRAHIM - CARA ELLISON & BRENDAN KEOGH - DAN GOLDING - DAVID JOHNSTON - WILLIAM KNOBLAUCH - MERRITT KOPAS - OLA WIKANDER The State of Play is a call to consider the high stakes of video game culture and how our digital and real lives collide. Here, video games are not hobbies or pure recreation; they are vehicles for art, sex, and race and class politics. The sixteen contributors are entrenched--they are the video game creators themselves, media critics, and Internet celebrities. They share one thing: they are all players at heart, handpicked to form a superstar roster by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson, the authors of the bestselling Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything. The State of Play is essential reading for anyone interested in what may well be the defining form of cultural expression of our time. "If you want to explain to anyone why videogames are worth caring about, this is a single volume primer on where we are, how we got here and where we're going next. In every way, this is the state of play." --Kieron Gillen, author of The Wicked + the Divine, co-founder of Rock Paper Shotgunshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 258 pages
  • 133.35 x 177.8 x 16mm | 340.19g
  • Seven Stories Press,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1609806395
  • 9781609806392
  • 417,587

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"If you want to explain to anyone why videogames are worth caring about, this is a single volume primer on where we are, how we got here and where we're going next. In every way, this is the state of play." Kieron Gillen, author of "The Wicked + the Divine," co-founder of Rock Paper Shotgun "Highlights include incredible texts by anna anthropy and merritt kopas who discuss making games to explore intimacy, sexuality, play, relationships, and destabilizing the idea of universal narrative through presenting perspectives of women and queer-identified gamemakers. Another standout is Hussein Ibrahim's 'What It's Like to Always Play the Bad Guy: On the Portrayal of Arabs in Online Shooters' a critical essay on the problematic one-dimensionality of the "Other" in shooting games. This should be a mainstay in media theory classrooms. Overall, this book presents a much-needed alternative look at the state and stakes of video game culture, today and tomorrow." Angela Washko, artist and founder of The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft Through a combination of deeply personal narratives and academic analyses State of Play effectively illuminates the social and cultural relevance of gaming. We see games as cultural representations reflecting societal tensions and priorities, social systems with insiders/outsiders and ethical dilemmas where conflicts can be worked out or not, opportunities for exploration and tools for presentation of counter narratives. The authors do not simply discuss what games are technically, but what they are, can and should be culturally. Ellen Middaugh, San Jose State University, author of "The Civic Potential of Video Games" "We are past the era when it was surprising to learn that video games are more than just pleasurable power fantasies. Video games are emotional explorations of race, gender, sex and love. Video games gives us intense experiences of being others, or finding ourselves, alone with the computer or surrounded by crowds, in physical or virtual spaces. The State of Play is a key collection of writings to understand why playing video games matters more than ever." Miguel Angel Sicart, author of "Play Matters" and "The Ethics of Computer Games," Associate Professor at the Center for Computer Game Research at IT University Copenhagen"show more

About Daniel Goldberg

LINUS LARSSON and DANIEL GOLDBERG are two of Sweden's most important writers on new technology and the Internet. They have been published in Wired, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and American Computer World, and quoted by BBC News, The New York Times, and The Sydney Morning Herald. Their first book, Swedish Hackers, was published in 2011 in Sweden. In 2013, Minecraft followed with Seven Stories Press as their bestselling English-language debut.show more

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