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For the Win - Cory Doctorow
For the Win
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It’s the twenty-first century, and all over the world, MMORPGs are big business. Hidden away in China and elsewhere, young players are pressed into working as “gold-farmers,” amassing game-wealth that’s sold to Western players at a profitable markup. Some of these pieceworkers rebel, trying to go... show more
It’s the twenty-first century, and all over the world, MMORPGs are big business. Hidden away in China and elsewhere, young players are pressed into working as “gold-farmers,” amassing game-wealth that’s sold to Western players at a profitable markup. Some of these pieceworkers rebel, trying to go into business for themselves—but there’s little to stop their bosses from dragging them back into servitude. Some of them, like young Mala in the slums of Bombay—nicknamed “General Robotwallah” for her self-taught military skill—become enforcers for the bosses, but that only buys them so much.All the way over in L.A., young Wei-Dong, obsessed with Asian youth culture and MMORPGs, knows the system is rigged, knows that kids everywhere are being exploited. Finally, he and his Asian counterparts begin to work together to claim their rights. Under the noses of the ruling elites, they fight the bosses, the game owners and the rich speculators, outsmarting them with their street-gaming skills. But soon the battle will spill over from the virtual world to the real one, leaving the young rebels fighting not just for their rights, but for their lives….
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780765333841 (0765333848)
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
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MatthewHunter
MatthewHunter rated it
Whew, I'm exhausted! What a ride. I'm not in the mood to write a long review. I'll just say Doctorow surprised me. I didn't expect primers on gaming, global economics, organizing and labor history. I also didn't anticipate caring deeply for the young gamers. I really, really, really didn't want them...
Xdyj's books
Xdyj's books rated it
5.0
This is YA fiction, but it's not a book about first-world high schoolers angsting over popularity or boyfriend/girlfriend who may or may not be human, nor is it about some farm boy going through a Quest(TM) in Generic Pseudo-Medieval European Fantasy Setting(TM). Instead, it is about finance & labor...
Akustrei
Akustrei rated it
5.0 For the Win
This book is EPIC! :D It was probably 5x better than Little Brother. I really like Doctorow's writing style and how he explains complicated theories and how the character thinks. It's really eye-opening to the sort of things that go on in the world, that we can't just ignore anymore.I even think the...
cindywho
cindywho rated it
This one had been sitting on my kindle for a while. The dedications to booksellers, large and small, brick and mortar and online - were a little depressing considering their decline since 2008. I liked the story bouncing around the world with the stories of sweatshop workers and others. The child...
The Lazy Blogger - Rose Mary Boehm
The Lazy Blogger - Rose Mary Boehm rated it
4.0
Picked up the book in London and it's absolutely fascinating. Doctorow writes up a storm - as he tends to do - and this book is an absolute eye opener if you weren't sure what 'derivatives' are. He explains today's economy brilliantly while entertaining you and keeping you on tenterhooks. It's total...
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