Games of empire : global capitalism and video gamesOther(s) author(s) : Peuter, Greig de, [egile] ; University of Minnesota Twin Cities, [argitaratzaile]Language : EnglishMinneapolis : University of Minnesota, copyright 2009298 or. ; 22 cm(Ikus) Testua: bitartekorik gabeSeries : Electronic Mediations (University of Minnesota)ISBN : 978-0-8166-6610-2 ; 978-0-8166-6611-9.Imperialism -- Social aspects | Video games -- Economic aspects | Video games -- Social aspects | Capitalism -- Social aspectsCritique | Analysis
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Video games have become an integral part of global media culture, rivaling Hollywood in revenue and influence. No longer confined to a subculture of adolescent males, video games today are played by adults around the world while also serving as major sites of corporate exploitation and military recruiment. In "Games of empire", Nick Dyer-Whiteford and Greig de Peuter offer a radical political critique of such video games and virtual environments as "Second life", "World of Warcraft", and "Grand theft auto", analyzing them as the exemplary media of Empire, the twenty-first-century hypercapitalist complex theorized by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. The authors trace the ascent of virtual gaming, assess its impact on creators and players alike, and delineate the relationships between games and reality, body and avatar, screen and street. Rejecting both moral panic and glib enthusiasm, "Games of empire" demonstrates how virtual games crystallie the cultural, political, and economic forces of global capital, while also providing a means of resisting them.
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Analyzes video games and their links with capitalism, militarism, and social control.
Games of Empire offers a radical political critique of such video games and virtual environments as Second Life, World of Warcraft, and Grand Theft Auto. Rejecting both moral panic and glib enthusiasm, Games of Empire demonstrates how virtual games crystallize the cultural, political, and economic forces of global capital, while also providing a means of resisting them.