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On Video Games: The Visual Politics of Race, Gender and Space

On Video Games: The Visual Politics of Race, Gender and Space
Soraya Murray

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Today over half of all American households own a dedicated game console and gaming industry profits trump those of the film industry worldwide. In this book, Soraya Murray moves past the technical discussions of games and offers a fresh and incisive look at their cultural dimensions. She critically explores blockbusters likeThe Last of Us, Metal Gear Solid, Spec Ops: The Line, Tomb Raider and Assassin's Creed to show how they are deeply entangled with American ideological positions and contemporary political, cultural and economic conflicts.As quintessential forms of visual material in the twenty-first century, mainstream games both mirror and spur larger societal fears, hopes and dreams, and even address complex struggles for recognition. This book examines both their elaborately constructed characters and densely layered worlds, whose social and environmental landscapes reflect ideas about gender, race, globalisation and urban life. In this emerging field of study, Murray provides novel theoretical approaches to discussing games and playable media as culture.

Demonstrating that games are at the frontline of power relations, she reimagines how we see them - and more importantly how we understand them.

Author Info

Soraya Murray is Assistant Professor of Film & Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), where she is also affiliated with the History of Art & Visual Culture Department and the Center for Games and Playable Media. She is an interdisciplinary scholar who focuses on contemporary visual culture, with particular interest in contemporary art, cultural studies and games. Her research has been published in Art Journal, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, CTheory, Public Art Review, Third Text, Gamesbeat and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Series: International Library of Visual Culture

Hardback
ISBN: 9781784537418
Publication Date: 31 Aug 2017
Number of Pages: 272
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 50 black and white integrated illustrations

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