“A unique and ambitious analysis of the relationship between the military and the video game industry. With a tremendous breadth of knowledge, Payne weaves together contemporary cultural criticism of war and post-9/11 politics with play theory, production studies, and textual analyses. Impressively crafted, Playing War is sure to take its place among the growing body of key works that define game studies.”
—Nina Huntemann, co-editor of Gaming Globally: Production, Play, and Place
“As the first book-length work examining military shooting games, Matthew Thomas Payne’s Playing War is a critical analysis of war games, how they frame war, and how war itself is treated like a game. Recommended for scholars of war games and military studies alike.”
—Mark J. P. Wolf, co-editor of The Video Game Theory Reader
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