Play, history and politics: conceiving futures beyond empire

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The worlds of games are important places for us to think about time, as demonstrated by historical game studies in evaluating the past, but there is a role for games to help us consider the future as well. Because games are, to some extent, systems, they facilitate a systems thinking approach that connects the material to the immaterial. Because games also tend to be action-based, they allow thinking through of acts as well as representations. Games allow us to think about a time and place that is different from the present and how it might operate as a system that we could live in. I argue that a post-autonomist method of game analysis requires an explicitly political interpretation that is focused on trying to imagine a political future through experiments in gaming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-304
Number of pages11
JournalGames and Culture: a journal of interactive media
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021


  • autonomism
  • capitalism
  • empire
  • game studies
  • historical games
  • imaginary
  • multitude
  • Negri
  • play
  • post-Marxism

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