Review of The Queer Games Avant-Garde in Times Higher Education

24 Jun, 2020

Review of The Queer Games Avant-Garde in Times Higher Education

The recently released The Queer Games Avant-Garde: How LGBTQ Game Makers Are Reimagining the Medium of Video Games, written by BCNM alum Bonnie Ruberg, was reviewed in Times Higher Education. Ruberg's book asserts that in a time of #GamerGate and toxic, heternormative masculinity, queer independent game makers are refashioning what video games could be like.

Reviewer Tanja Sihvonen, communication studies professor at the University of Vaasa, Finland, claims that "For a European reader, The Queer Games Avant-Garde offers a fascinating glimpse of contemporary North American realities and the anxieties around doing creative work in the current political climate."

Sihovenen elaborates in her piece:

The Queer Games Avant-Garde is experimental also in terms of form. It is not a traditional monograph or edited volume, but rather a project that literally brings together many voices. The book is structured around game makers talking about themselves – their lives, passions, identities and what could be called design philosophies – and so provides an exceptionally approachable collection of ideas and personal visions about queer games and the realities of game making.

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