Overcoming the Exploitation of Passion in Videogame Labor: Playing with Passion

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Jackson, J. 2023. Overcoming the Exploitation of Passion in Videogame Labor: Playing with Passion. United States Rowman and Littlefield.
AuthorsJackson, J.
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Overcoming the Exploitation of Passion in Videogame Labor: Playing with Passion examines the intersection of passion, precarity, and collocation to pinpoint where and how interventions can be made towards better working conditions. Jackson contends that videogames and passion are inextricably linked and explores this intrinsic link where passion is expected and valorized, be it in the context of play, work, or culture. Passion, Jackson argues, is the connective tissue that sews together the shared experiences that people all over the world will undertake through videogames, including winning close matches, experiencing new worlds, and forging new friendships. This book interrogates the outcomes of labor, videogames, and passion colliding - work and play become inextricably linked, and suddenly a 'passion for games' becomes an insistent and expected 'passion for work.' This, Jackson ultimately posits, leads to the current reality of much of the videogame production industry, where passion is used as a workplace policing tool and a way to push workers to periods of extended work, or crunch periods. Through theorizations regarding passion, bodies, assembly, and assemblage, this text wrestles with what can be done to manifest real change in the videogame industry. Scholars of media studies, technology, and labor studies will find this book of particular interest.

KeywordsVideogame production; Passion; Precarities; Ontoethics; Capitalist Socius; Assembly
ISBN978666915259
Web address (URL)https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781666915259/Overcoming-the-Exploitation-of-Passion-in-Videogame-Labor-Playing-with-Passion
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Online15 Apr 2023
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AcceptedNov 2022
Deposited26 Apr 2023
Year2023
PublisherRowman and Littlefield
Place of publicationUnited States
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