Matthew Thomas Payne is an associate professor in the Department of Film, Television, & Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. He is author of Playing War: Military Video Games after 9/11, and is co-editor of the anthologies Flow TV: Television in the Age of Media Convergence and Joystick Soldiers: The Politics of Play in Military Video Games. Nina B. Huntemann is Director of Academics and Research at edX, a nonprofit online education provider founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is co-editor of Global Gaming: Production, Play and Place (Palgrave, 2013) and Joystick Soldiers: The Politics of Play in Military Video Games (Routledge, 2010).
An indispensable collection of original key terms and case
studiesall the best scholarship in the field is here. Canonical
voices in the field as well as a newer generation of scholars bring
welcome approaches to ethics, labor, race, gender, sexuality,
capitalism, and affect to the table. Anyone can read this carefully
curated book; everyone should. -- Lisa Nakamura,University of
Across a broad range of diverse and accessible perspectives on gaming culture from many of the leading authorities in the field, Payne and Huntemann offer a valuable companion to those interested in the past and present of the games we play. -- Jon-Paul Dyson,The Strong National Museum of Play