The Playstation Dreamworld
The Playstation Dreamworld

From mobile phones to consoles, tablets and PCs, we are now a generation of gamers. The Playstation Dreamworld is to borrow a phrase from Slavoj Žižek the pervert's guide to videogames. It argues that we can only understand the world of videogames via Lacanian dream analysis. It also argues that the Left needs to work inside this dreamspace a powerful arena for constructing our desires or else the dreamworld will fall entirely into the hands of dominant and reactionary forces.

While cyberspace is increasingly dominated by corporate organization, gaming, at its most subversive, can nevertheless produce radical forms of enjoyment which threaten the capitalist norms that are created and endlessly repeated in our daily relationships with mobile phones, videogames, computers and other forms of technological entertainment. Far from being a book solely for dedicated gamers, this book dissects the structure of our relationships to all technological entertainment at a time when entertainment has become ubiquitous. We can no longer escape our fantasies but rather live inside their digital reality.

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  • October 2017
  • 156 pages
  • 124 x 190 mm / 5 x 7 in
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Table of Contents


Note on the Games

Tutorial: The Pokémon Generation

Level 1.

From Farming Simulation to Dystopic Wasteland: Gaming and Capitalism

Work and Play - Cultures of Distraction - Pastoral Dystopia, Apocalyptic Utopia – No Alternative

Level 2.

Dreamwork: Cyborgs on the Analyst’s Couch

Japanese Dreams, American Texts – The Dreamworld - Repetitions and the Dromena – Immersion and Westworld

Level 3.

Retro Gaming: The Politics of Former and Future Pleasures

90s Rational Gaming – Virtual/Reality - Subject, Object, Enjoyment - Jouissance in the Arcades

Bonus Features: How to be a Subversive Gamer

Game Index


About the Author

Alfie Bown is Assistant Professor of Literature at Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong, and co-editor of the Hong Kong Review of Books.

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