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How to Play Video Games – Game Dev Tycoon: Labor

Game Dev Tycoon

Game Dev Tycoon

Abstract: Game Dev Tycoon is a resource management game about running a video game design studio. In this chapter, Casey O’Donnell examines what a game about making games teaches us about this form of creative labor, and what it fails to convey about the trials and tribulations of game development.

The book, How to Play Video Games, which contains this chapter can be found at NYU Press’ Website.

About Casey O'Donnell

Casey O'Donnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. He is part of the games faculty and Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) lab at MSU. He is also part of the game development collective Affinity Games. His research examines the creative collaborative work of videogame design and development. This research examines the cultural and collaborative dynamics that occur in both professional "AAA" organizations and formal and informal "independent" game development communities. His research has spanned game development companies from the United States to India. His research examines issues of work, production, copyright, as well as third world and postcolonial aspects of the videogame development workplace.

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