11.30.11

Is the act of playing a game political?

Angus Finlayson of the Quietus has an excellent analysis of the role of sexism in the UK dance music scene, culminating in the following quote:

Music has political meaning woven into it the moment it is played, whether on a dancefloor or in a bedroom. And every act has political implications - whether it’s choosing what records to buy, which club to go out to, or how you dance when you get there. Having an awareness of the wider implications of the things we do - whether they might be ultimately harmful to the people around us and the scene we love - is surely no bad thing.

At the risk of being reductive, this is the type of stuff that gamers should also be aware of: replace the music terms with gaming terms and you’ve got one hell of a piece of advice.

-Drew Millard

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