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Miguel Sicart: Playing "The Sims" as though you were Kurt Cobain

The spirit of capitalism resonates in many popular video games. In an interesting experiment, when researcher Miguel Sicart tried to play The Sims as Kurt Cobain, the frustrating result revealed the rules of the game as a consumerist/capitalist framework. Adorno’s observation that popular culture tends to reproduce tensions in the work culture of the time continues to be valid: characteristic features of the contemporary world of work such as flexibility in unstable environments, multitasking or creativity under pressure resonate in some of the most popular online video games of recent years, such as League of Legends and Fortnite.

18 December 2019