One in three people play video games – that’s 2.5 billion people globally. The gaming industry is huge, raking in more money than global music sales and most cinema franchises. But stereotypes about ‘gamers’ linger in the popular imagination. It’s time to ask: is the left overlooking the immense social and political power of games? And can video games really change the way we think and act in the world?
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You can also read our recent series on the politics of video games on this site, which explores the history and concept of play, debates over what games count as ‘political’, the radical potential of gaming, how the military is shaping the industry, and the neoliberal myths of game designers.
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Siobhán McGuirk introduces our series on the politics of video games ahead of our April 30 live debate: 'Can Video Games Change the World?'