10-2 | America’s Digital Army: Games at Work and War

Book Review

America’s Digital Army: Games at Work and War

Robertson Allen
Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska, 2017. Acknowledgments, notes, references, and index. 199 pp. $65.00 cloth. ISBN: 9780803285293

by Jay Mechling

First Paragraph:

There is such a large body of books and essays on video games that it is hard to imagine that anyone has anything new to say, but Allen’s book takes a fresh tack and is a welcome addition to the subject. He is familiar with the history of the development of digital gaming, and in the culture wars over the role of violent First-Person Shooter (FPS) games in the lives of young people. He sides with those who see little evidence that playing the games stokes violent behavior in the players and who see lots of evidence of the “moral panic” (as historians call it) in adults who actually know little-to-nothing about the games and play they are condemning.