8-1 | Playing to Win: Sports, Video Games, and the Culture of Play

Book Review

Playing to Win: Sports, Video Games, and the Culture of Play

Robert Alan Brookey and Thomas P. Oates, eds.
Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2015. Introduction, contributors, index. 251 pp. $26.00 paper. ISBN: 9780253015020

by Christopher A. Paul

First Paragraph:

In assembling the collection of scholarship that comprises Playing to Win, Robert Alan Brookey and Thomas P. Oates make a solid contribution to the growing body of literature analyzing sports video games. Relying on a group of researchers from sports studies and video game studies, the book offers great diversity in its coverage of why we should take sports video games seriously and offers critical insights into how we can think about them meaningfully. The major drawback of the book is one of timing, because much of the work seems to be written well before the book was published.