8-2 | Values at Play in Digital Games

Book Review

Values at Play in Digital Games

Mary Flanagan and Helen Nissenbaum
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014. Notes, references, game references, index, images. 207 pp. $25.00 cloth. ISBN: 9780262027663

by Jose P. Zagal

First Paragraph:

At 207 pages, Mary Flanagan and Helen Nissenbaum’s Values at Play in Digital Games is a light volume that packs a hefty punch. In this book, divided into three sections with a total of nine chapters, the authors present a framework for thinking about the ways in which games can communicate values, how to analyze the values a particular game might express, and how to guide a game development process such that its output is effective at presenting the values intended by its developers.