Monday, October 23, 2006

New Article by Dyer-Witheford and de Peuter

Yay - the new issue of the Canadian Journal of Communication features an article on labour issues in the video game industry (with a special focus on EA), by two of the authors of the much beloved (by me at least) Digital Play, Nick Dyer-Witheford and Greig de Peuter. Here's the abstract:
The blog postings of "EA Spouse," partner of an exhausted video game programmer, have catalyzed discussion of epidemic overwork in the digital play industry. This paper analyzes the crisis of labour in this glamorous new medium. After a brief overview of the industry and its production process, we discuss its labour conditions under four headings. "Enjoyment" examines the real pleasures game workers find at their jobs. "Exclusion" discusses the gendering of game work. "Exploitation" investigates the corporate processes that drive toward a work culture of extreme hours and the consequences game workers suffer. "Exodus" looks at current attempts by workers to escape this predicament: attempts including legal action, educational efforts, entrepreneurial flight, and union organizing.

I'll add in some comments once I've had a chance to read it. The article can be accessed here, but suscription to the journal is required.
In the meantime, here are some other articles of theirs:
A Playful Multitude?
Games of Empire

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