A downloadable extended zine

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video games have been queer is an extended zine circling and circling around my thoughts on games and queer theory that functions as both information transmitter, manifesto, and catalog of my own related work. I've been hammering away at this text for almost two years. 

I contextualize a lot the work I've made between 2016 - 2021 in order to expound on this notion that 'games have been queer,' appropriated from Bo Ruberg's "Video Games Have Always Been Queer" (an idea that I both cherish and would like to build on/challenge).

Ruberg’s statement is more definitive than mine – it’s not that I’m not confident, but my sweaty grip on this queer lens sure is trembling, man!

From the intro:
Video Games are only as queer as their players. Video Games are only as queer as their makers. Queer players and makers have always existed. “Queer” does not equal gay sex but a “challenge to dominant beliefs about pleasure and power.” (Bonnie Ruberg)

32 pages.

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This book is part of my MFA thesis at Visual Studies Workshop. (2021)


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