Open World Empire: Race, Erotics, and the Global Rise of Video Games

GRSJ Assistant Professor Christopher Patterson’s new book Open World Empire: Race, Erotics, and the Global Rise of Video Games published by NYU Press seeks ways to understand video games beyond their imperial logics, by turning to erotics to re-invigorate the potential passions and pleasures of play.

Video games vastly outpace all other mediums of entertainment in revenue and in global reach. On the surface, games do not appear ideological, nor are they categorized as national products. Instead, they seem to reflect the open and uncontaminated reputation of information technology.