Marx at the Arcade

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Pub Date: 06/18/2019

Pages: 208

Publisher: Haymarket Books

Imprint: Haymarket Books

ISBN 13: 9781608468669

ISBN 10: 1608468666

Price: $18.00 / $23.99 CAN

Category: GAMES / Video & Electronic

Marx at the Arcade

By Jamie Woodcock

Price: $18.00

About the Book

In Marx at the Arcade, acclaimed researcher Jamie Woodcock delves into the hidden abode of the gaming industry. In an account that will appeal to hardcore gamers, digital skeptics, and the joystick-curious, Woodcock unravels the vast networks of artists, software developers, and factory and logistics workers whose seen and unseen labor flows into the products we consume on a gargantuan scale. Along the way, he analyzes the increasingly important role the gaming industry plays in contemporary capitalism and the broader transformations of work and the economy that it embodies.

About the Book

This pathbreaking book offers a radical analysis of how people play, produce, and profit from video games, and the major role the industry plays in contemporary capitalism.


Jamie Woodcock is a sociologist of work, focusing on digital labour, the gig economy, and resistance. He is currently a fellow at the London School of Economics, and is the author of the award-winning Working the Phones (2016). He is on the editorial board of the Historical Materialism and an editor of Notes from Below, an online journal of workers’ inquiry.