Marx at the Arcade: Consoles, Controllers, and Class Struggle

Woodcock, Jamie (2019). Marx at the Arcade: Consoles, Controllers, and Class Struggle. Haymarket Books.

URL: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1281-marx-at-...

Abstract

This pathbreaking book offers a radical analysis of how people play, produce, and profit from video games, and the major role the industry plays in contemporary capitalism.


In Marx at the Arcade, acclaimed researcher Jamie Woodcock delves into the hidden abode of the gaming industry. In an account that will appeal to hardcore gamers, digital skeptics, and the joystick-curious, Woodcock unravels the vast networks of artists, software developers, and factory and logistics workers whose seen and unseen labor flows into the products we consume on a gargantuan scale. Along the way, he analyzes the increasingly important role the gaming industry plays in contemporary capitalism and the broader transformations of work and the economy that it embodies.

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