Videogames, Identity and Digital Subjectivity: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Videogames, Identity and Digital Subjectivity

1st Edition

By Rob Gallagher


210 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9780367885359
pub: 2020-03-31
SAVE ~$9.59
Available for pre-order. Item will ship after 31st March 2020
Hardback: 9781138228986
pub: 2017-07-11
SAVE ~$31.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315390949
pub: 2017-07-06
from $27.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


This book argues that games offer a means of coming to terms with a world that is being transformed by digital technologies. As blends of software and fiction, videogames are uniquely capable of representing and exploring the effects of digitization on day-to-day life. By modeling and incorporating new technologies (from artificial intelligence routines and data mining techniques to augmented reality interfaces), and by dramatizing the implications of these technologies for understandings of identity, nationality, sexuality, health and work, games encourage us to playfully engage with these issues in ways that traditional media cannot. 

Table of Contents

1. Digital Subjects: Videogames, Technology and Identity

2. Datafied Subjects: Profiling and Personal Data

3. Private Subjects: Secrecy, Scandal and Surveillance

4. Beastly Subjects: Bodies and Interfaces

5. Synthetic Subjects: Horror and Artificial Intelligence

6. Mobile Subjects: Framing Selves and Spaces

7. Productive Subjects: Time, Value and Gendered Feelings

About the Author

Rob Gallagher is a postdoctoral researcher based at King’s College London, UK. As part of the Ego-Media team, his research addresses the impact of new technologies on notions of identity and practices of self-presentation. His work has appeared in Games and Culture, Film Criticism and The New Inquiry.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
GAMES / Video & Electronic
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies