Everything to Play For

Everything to Play For:How Videogames Are Changing the World

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An insider’s account of the videogame industry telling how gaming can become a force for good

Everything To Play For asks if videogames can achieve egalitarian goals instead of fuelling hyper-materialist, reactionary agendas. Combining cultural theory and materialist critiques with accessible language and personal anecdotes, industry insider Marijam Did engages both novices and seasoned connoisseurs. From the innovations of Pong and Doom to the intricate multiplayer or narrative-driven games, the author highlights the multifaceted stories of the gaming communities and the political actors who organise among them. Crucially, the focus also includes the people who make the games, shedding light on the brutal processes necessary to bring titles to the public.

The videogame industry, now larger than the film and music industries combined, has a proven ability to challenge the status quo. With a rich array of examples, Did argues for a nuanced understanding of gaming’s influence so that this extraordinary power can be harnessed for good.

Reviews

  • Destroys the gamers who moan about politics ruining their video games. Did shows that games have always been deeply political and asserts the often overlooked radical potential of a medium that means so much to billions of players worldwide.'

    Paris Marx, host of Tech Won't Save Us podcast
  • A breathtaking history of the games industry not just as an economical or cultural force, but as an unacknowledged political power. Backed by clear passion for the medium and a boundless expertise, Did examines how everything can be games, and how games touch everything about our world today.

    Rami Ismail, indie games developer
  • Did has achieved a rare, fresh thing. She has enough perspective to give the industry a necessarily critical overview but she's close enough to celebrate the moments that make games worthwhile - and she makes a strong case that there is still much more to fight for.

    Josh Sawyer, Director of 'Fallout: New Vegas'