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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#233: Democracy on the Wing ● Thelma Walker on regional autonomy ● An interview with Clive Lewis ● The World Transformed ● Gender, sexuality and witchcraft ● The globalisation of ‘Asian horror’ ● A tribute to Dawn Foster ● Latest book reviews ● And much more!
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Bliss Cua Lim looks at how the female ghost subgenre illuminates efforts to globalise ‘Asian horror’
David J. Lobina rediscovers a forgotten but fascinating figure in London’s radical and Jewish history
The World Transformed festival gets underway this weekend - here's where and when you can catch some of Red Pepper's editors and friends.
Tara Okeke explores a timely exhibition which offers a compelling history of Black life in Britain through the lens of people, place and struggle
Lesley Chow argues for a new kind of music criticism that re-evaluates women musicians and "meaningless" music, writes Rhian E Jones
The government’s Prevent strategy is funding productions that will damage community relations, argues Keith McKenna
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