Punk Playthings: Provocations for 21st Century Game Makers

Sean Taylor, Chris Lowthorpe

November 10, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 262 Pages - 1 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498770224 - CAT# K29343


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  • Explores and demonstrates how design methodologies can be deployed in game development to maximize learning
  • Presents industry case studies and validated learning conducted by the authors in the marketplace
  • Highlights disruption to the game sector caused by digital distribution, new business and monetization models, the casual revolution and other factors


Punk Playthings is an antidote to complacency and orthodoxy. Packed with probes and provocations that explore game making through fresh lenses for uncertain times, it challenges gaming monoculture by constructing a trading space for ideas and learning from across domains and cultures. Punk Playthings has zero respect for boundaries between mediums, industries, sectors, specialisms or disciplines. Instead, it challenges you to expand your cultural capital, think laterally and make new connections.

Punk Playthings advocates a truly independent mindset and DIY approach for creating playful experiences with cultural resonance. It proclaims creative entrepreneurship as the true legacy of punk.

Punk Playthings is not for everyone. But it might be for you.


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