Book: “Playing to Win: Sports, Video Games, and the Culture of Play” by T. Oates and R. Brookey (Eds)

In this era of big media franchises, sports branding has crossed platforms, so that the sport, its television broadcast, and its replication in an electronic game are packaged and promoted as part of the same fan experience. Editors Robert Alan Brookey and Thomas P. Oates trace this development back to the unexpected success of Atari’s Pong in the 1970s, which provoked a flood of sport simulation games that have had an impact on every sector of the electronic game market. From golf to football, basketball to step aerobics, electronic sports games are as familiar in the American household as the televised sporting events they simulate. This book explores the points of convergence at which gaming and sports culture merge.

Playing to Win

Sports, Video Games, and the Culture of Play

Edited by Thomas P. Oates and Robert Alan Brookey

“A timely volume, with a stellar array of authors.” —Toby Miller, author of Blow Up the Humanities

“Numerous avenues of inquiry worthy of closer investigation are offered in this book. As such, this work is a useful contribution to this burgeoning field of study.” —Library Journal



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