Download e-book for iPad: Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games by Nick Dyer-Witheford,Greig de Peuter
By Nick Dyer-Witheford,Greig de Peuter
In the 1st decade of the twenty-first century, games are an essential component of worldwide media tradition, rivaling Hollywood in profit and impression. now not limited to a way of life of adolescent men, games this day are performed via adults all over the world. while, games became significant websites of company exploitation and army recruitment.
In Games of Empire, Nick Dyer-Witheford and Greig de Peuter supply an intensive political critique of such games and digital environments as Second lifestyles, international of Warcraft, and Grand robbery Auto, studying them as the exemplary media of Empire, the twenty-first-century hypercapitalist complicated theorized through Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. The authors hint the ascent of digital gaming, determine its influence on creators and gamers alike, and delineate the relationships among video games and truth, physique and avatar, display and highway.
Games of Empire forcefully connects games to real-world issues approximately globalization, militarism, and exploitation, from the horrors of African mines and Indian e-waste websites that underlie the whole undefined, the position of work in advertisement online game improvement, and the synergy among army simulation software program and the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan exemplified via Full Spectrum Warrior to the sizeable digital economies surrounding World of Warcraft, the city neoliberalism made playable in Grand robbery Auto, and the emergence of an alternate online game tradition via activist video games and open-source video game development.
Rejecting either ethical panic and glib enthusiasm, Games of Empire demonstrates how digital video games crystallize the cultural, political, and financial forces of world capital, whereas additionally delivering a method of resisting them.