The playstation dreamworld / Alfie Bown.

by Bown, Alfie [author.]Looking glass.

Series: Theory redux: Publisher: Cambridge : Polity Press, 2017.Description: 160 pages ; 19 cm.ISBN: 9781509518036.Subject(s): Video games -- Social aspectsLooking glass | Hobbies and Games | Hobbies and Games | Society & culture: general
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

From mobile phones to consoles, tablets and PCs, we are now a generation of gamers. The PlayStation Dreamworld is - to borrow a phrase from Slavoj Zizek - the pervert's guide to videogames. It argues that we can only understand the world of videogames via Lacanian dream analysis. It also argues that the Left needs to work inside this dreamspace - a powerful arena for constructing our desires - or else the dreamworld will fall entirely into the hands of dominant and reactionary forces.

While cyberspace is increasingly dominated by corporate organization, gaming, at its most subversive, can nevertheless produce radical forms of enjoyment which threaten the capitalist norms that are created and endlessly repeated in our daily relationships with mobile phones, videogames, computers and other forms of technological entertainment. Far from being a book solely for dedicated gamers, this book dissects the structure of our relationships to all technological entertainment at a time when entertainment has become ubiquitous. We can no longer escape our fantasies but rather live inside their digital reality.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments and Note on the Games (p. vii)
  • Tutorial: The Pokémon Generation (p. 1)
  • Level 1 From Farming Simulation to Dystopic Wasteland: Gaming and Capitalism (p. 27)
  • Work and Play
  • Cultures of Distraction
  • Pastoral Dystopia, Apocalyptic Utopia
  • No Alternative
  • Level 2 Dreamwork: Cyborgs on the Analyst's Couch (p. 61)
  • Japanese Dreams, American Texts
  • The Dreamworld
  • Repetitions and the Dromena
  • Immersion and Westworld
  • Level 3 Retro Gaming: The Politics of Former and Future Pleasures (p. 94)
  • Rational Gaming in the 1990s
  • Virtual/Reality
  • Subject, Object, Enjoyment
  • Jouissance in the Arcades Bonus Features: How To Be a Subversive
  • Gamer (p. 121)
  • Credits (p. 134)
  • Game Index (p. 142)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Alfie Bown is Assistant Professor of Literature at HSMC, Hong Kong, and co-editor of the Hong Kong Review of Books.