Ecogames: Playful Perspectives on the Climate Crisis

Laura op de Beke, Joost Raessens, Stefan Werning et al

Games are increasingly engaging with the climate crisis and its repercussions. Ecogames: Playful Perspectives on the Climate Crisis brings together authors who explore the aspects of ecocritical engagement in and through games. The book is edited by Laura op de BekeJoost Raessens, and Stefan Werning (Utrecht University), together with Gerald Farca (Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Munich).

Framing the climate crisis

Games are increasingly participating in the production, circulation, and interrogation of environmental assumptions, using both implicit and explicit ways of framing the climate crisis. Whether they are providing new spaces to imagine and practice alternative forms of living, or reproducing ecomodernist fantasies, games as well as player cultures are increasingly tuned in to the most pressing environmental concerns. 

Green media studies

This book brings together chapters by a diverse group of established and emerging authors to develop a growing body of scholarship that explores the shape, impact, and cultural context of ecogames. The book comprises four thematic sections, Today’s Challenges: Games for Change, Future Worlds: New Imaginaries, The Nonhuman Turn, and Critical Metagaming Practices. Each section explores different aspects of ecocritical engagement in and through games. As a result, the book’s comprehensive scope covers a variety of angles, methodologies, and case studies, significantly expanding the field of green media studies.

The book at Amsterdam University Press
The book in open access