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OPEN WORLD EMPIRE: RACE, EROTICS, AND THE GLOBAL RISE OF VIDEO GAMES

Christopher B. Patterson



 

Seeking ways to understand video games beyond their imperial logics, Patterson turns to erotics to re-invigorate the potential passions and pleasures of play


Video games vastly outpace all other mediums of entertainment in revenue and in global reach. On the surface, games do not appear ideological, nor are they categorized as national products. Instead, they seem to reflect the open and uncontaminated reputation of information technology.


Video games are undeniably imperial products. Their very existence has been conditioned upon the spread of militarized technology, the exploitation of already-existing labor and racial hierarchies in their manufacture, and the utopian promises of digital technology. Like literature and film before it, video games have become the main artistic expression of empire today: the open world empire, formed through the routes of information technology and the violences of drone combat, unending war, and overseas massacres that occur with little scandal or protest.


Though often presented as purely technological feats, video games are also artistic projects, and as such, they allow us an understanding of how war and imperial violence proceed under signs of openness, transparency, and digital utopia. But the video game, as Christopher B. Patterson argues, is also an inherently Asian commodity: its hardware is assembled in Asia; its most talented e-sports players are of Asian origin; Nintendo, Sony, and Sega have defined and dominated the genre. Games draw on established discourses of Asia to provide an "Asiatic" space, a playful sphere of racial otherness that straddles notions of the queer, the exotic, the bizarre, and the erotic. Thinking through games like Overwatch, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Shenmue II, and Alien: Isolation, Patterson reads against empire by playing games erotically, as players do--seeing games as Asiatic playthings that afford new passions, pleasures, desires, and attachments.

 

PUBLICATION DETAILS

LANGUAGE

BINDING

EDITION

ISBN

YEAR

PAGES

English

Paperback

9781479895908

2020

360

English

Hardcover

9781479802043

2020

344

English

eBook

N/A

2020

360

AUDIOBOOK DETAILS

LANGUAGE

LENGTH

VERSION

NARRATORS

YEAR

English

13.25 hours

Unabridged

Eunice Wong

2021

 

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Publishers: #NewYorkUniversityPress (New York University Press, NYU Press)

Languages: #English


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Games:

#Alien (Alien: Isolation)

#CallOfDuty (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2)

#DeadOrAlive (Dead or Alive, DOA)

#FarCry (Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry 4, Far Cry 5)

#FinalFantasy (#FinalFantasyVII, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy 7, FFVII, FF7)

#GoogleEarth (Google Earth VR)

#HalfLife (Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Condition Zerp, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Counter-Strike: Source)

#Journey (Journey)

#MassEffect (Mass Effect)

#Mainichi (Mainichi)

#Overwatch (Overwatch)

#PacMan (Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man)

#StreetFighter (Street Fighter II)

#Warcraft (World of Warcraft)


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