Jennifier Malkowski and TreaAndrea Russworm’s exciting new edited volume Gaming Representation: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Video Games now has an official release date — July, 2017! — and it’s available for pre-orders from Amazon.
The collection is full of amazing contributors, including Braxton Soderman, Nina Huntemann, Irene Chien, Soraya Murray, Jordan Wood, Edmond Chang, and Lisa Nakamura, to name just a handful of these great folks. Seriously, y’all, go buy this book.
My piece in the collection is called “Playing to Lose: The Queer Art of Failing at Video Games.” I originally wrote it all the way back in 2013 (feels like a million years ago!). The piece brings together Jack Halberstam’s The Queer Art of Failure with Jesper Juul’s The Art of Failure to propose a queer approach to playing video games. It also dives into Burnout: Revenge as an example of game that intentionally disrupts our expectations about what it means to win or lose.
Thanks to Jen and TreaAndrea for including my work in the collection, and for their ongoing support!