[Air-L] The PlayStation Dreamworld

Alfred BOWN (ENG) alfredbown at hsmc.edu.hk
Thu Feb 1 04:22:43 PST 2018

Hi all,

Few months late on sharing, but my book *The Playstation Dreamworld* - a
brief theoretical study of psychoanalysis and videogames - is out now here
<http://politybooks.com/bookdetail/?isbn=9781509518029>. This is what
Slavoj Zizek said about it:

“The universe of video games and the action they involve us in render
perfectly the illusions and antagonisms of our ideological predicament -
the popularity of post-apocalyptic games tells it all. But perhaps even
more important is the type of subjectivity a gamer  has to adopt when
immersed into a game: a mixture of extreme engagement and loss of reality,
a universe of immortality where actions are indefinitely repeatable. So it
is not that we can understand the impact of these games only through the
analysis of our social reality - it's also the other way round: to
understand how our societies work you have to know video games  And Alfie
Bown does this at such a high level that he produces an instant classic, a
book that everyone who seeks to find a way in our confused social life will
have to read. The Playstation Dreamworld is unputdownable, once you start
reading it you will get addicted to it... as in a good  video game!”

If anyone is interested to review it or teach it, send me your address and
I will post you a review copy.

Enjoying air-l as always.


Alfie Bown
Assistant Professor
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
HSMC Hong Kong
Co-editor of *Hong Kong Review of Books <https://hkrbooks.com/>*
Details of my new book *The Playstation Dreamworld *can be found here

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