Recently, my husband has taken to introducing me to everyone he knows as “my wife, who is a gamer.” Later, he tells me, “Really, I’d say you’re evolving into a gamer. You know this means I am the envy of all my friends.” I’m flattered, but I find it a little strange—haven’t I always played video games? It’s not like I’ve taken up soccer or skydiving; so why the sudden use of the title “gamer”?
We are proud to present the inaugural issue of The New York Review of Video Games, an online magazine dedicated to thinking seriously about electronic play, written and produced by a New York University-based community of faculty and student game scholars.
Despite our affiliation, we’re not an academic journal. Rather, we believe that with the ascent of video games to the fore of popular culture, there’s room for a thoughtful, argumentative, and irreverent publication devoted to parsing all corners of this expanding field, from considering particular games to thinking about the medium’s social, political, and economic implications.