Gaming essays on algorithmic culture

July 8, 2019
gaming essays on algorithmic culture

Galloway considers the video game as a distinct cultural form that demands a new and unique interpretive framework. Using examples from more than fifty video games, galloway constructs a classification system of action in video games, and, ultimately offers a new conception of gaming and, more broadly, of electronic culture, one that celebrates the qualities of the digital age.

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Gaming essays on algorithmic culture is a first-person book, written by an avid game player, who understands his game playing experiences in the context of a broader cultural movement. Overall, galloways book makes a convincing case for the connection between video games and contemporary, algorithmic culture.

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Video games have been a central feature of the cultural landscape for over twenty years and now rival older media like movies, television, and music in popularity and cultural influence. Yet there have been relatively few attempts to understand the video game as an independent medium.

  one such publication, reviewed here, is alexander galloways gaming essays on algorithmic culture. Gaming presents its ideas in the form of five essays on a range of gaming related topics. Though there is some overlap between these essays, there is no sustained argument to tie them all together.

Together, these essays offer a new conception of gaming and, more broadly, of electronic culture as a whole, one that celebrates and does not lament the qualities of the digital age. Galloway is assistant professor of culture and communication at new york university and author of protocol how control exists after decentralization.

Video games have been a central feature of the cultural landscape for over twenty years and now rival older media like movies, television, and music in popularity and cultural influence. Yet there have been relatively few attempts to understand the video game as an independent medium.

Together, these essays offer a new conception of gaming and, more broadly, of electronic culture as a whole, one that celebrates and does not lament the qualities of the digital age. Galloway is assistant professor of culture and communication at new york university and author of protocol how control exists after decentralization.