The State of Play is a call to consider the high stakes of video game culture and how our digital and real lives collide. Here, video games are not hobbies or pure recreation; they are vehicles for art, sex, and race and class politics. The 16 contributors are entrenched - they are the video game creators themselves, media critics, and Internet celebrities. They share one thing: They are all players at heart, handpicked to form a superstar roster by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson.
"A mixed bag"
Dexter Grant, the inspiration for the greatest superhero of all time, lives in reduced circumstances. Now he runs a pet store in Portland, Oregon, and privately calls himself a "Kitten Superhero" because he saves stray animals. He aspires to something greater, but his magic has been restricted-by the Fates. The Fates, three women who control the magical universe. Only they've lost their position, and they're on the run. They've turned to an old friend for help, but that friend is dead.