9780674025196-0674025199-Gamer Theory

Gamer Theory

ISBN-13: 9780674025196
ISBN-10: 0674025199
Author: Wark, McKenzie
Publication date: 2007
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover 240 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780674025196
ISBN-10: 0674025199
Author: Wark, McKenzie
Publication date: 2007
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover 240 pages

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Acknowledged authors Wark, McKenzie wrote Gamer Theory comprising 240 pages back in 2007. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0674025199 and 9780674025196. Since then Gamer Theory textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Listen to a short interview with McKenzie WarkHost: Chris Gondek | Producer: Heron & Crane

Ever get the feeling that life's a game with changing rules and no clear sides, one you are compelled to play yet cannot win? Welcome to gamespace. Gamespace is where and how we live today. It is everywhere and nowhere: the main chance, the best shot, the big leagues, the only game in town. In a world thus configured, McKenzie Wark contends, digital computer games are the emergent cultural form of the times. Where others argue obsessively over violence in games, Wark approaches them as a utopian version of the world in which we actually live. Playing against the machine on a game console, we enjoy the only truly level playing field--where we get ahead on our strengths or not at all.

Gamer Theory uncovers the significance of games in the gap between the near-perfection of actual games and the highly imperfect gamespace of everyday life in the rat race of free-market society. The book depicts a world becoming an inescapable series of less and less perfect games. This world gives rise to a new persona. In place of the subject or citizen stands the gamer. As all previous such personae had their breviaries and manuals, Gamer Theory seeks to offer guidance for thinking within this new character. Neither a strategy guide nor a cheat sheet for improving one's score or skills, the book is instead a primer in thinking about a world made over as a gamespace, recast as an imperfect copy of the game.

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