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For the Win by Cory Doctorow
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For the Win

by Cory Doctorow

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    Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow (jshrop)
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    Reamde by Neal Stephenson (kjforrest)
    kjforrest: Both books cover gaming, gold farming and economics in an interesting way. For The Win is much shorter and a better read, but Reamde is good too.
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    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (simon_carr)
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    The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (weener)
    weener: For the Win is kind of like a modern-day version of the Jungle: a heavy-handed, painful, yet readable book about labor rights.
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Kudos to Cory Doctorow for making a cast of gold farmers sympathetic. It should not be possible, and I loved them dearly, and it was incredible. Also lots of nostalgia for this ex-hardcore gamer.

This book is an excellent update of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, imo, and if you're not faint of stomach, I recommend reading The Jungle first. Four stars instead of five because the ending makes about as little sense as The Jungle's. But it was well worth the ride, and I still recommend it. ( )
  LaRiccia | Mar 18, 2017 |
Cory Doctorow sets a high bar for 'best of 2014' with the brilliant' For the Win'. The iconic 'Wobbles' are reincarnated for a new century and a new industry as the downtrodden gold miners and labourers of the on-line gaming digital workplace form the 'International Workers of the World Wide Web' (the Webblies) to fight a decent living wage, battling the robber barons of cyberspace and their digital Pinkertons. A much needed parable for 21st Century as the 0.1% continue to rape and pillage more than their fare share of the world's resources. And it is available as a free download on the internet! http://craphound.com/ftw/download/
  orkydd | Feb 2, 2017 |
Combine near-future fiction with an intro to economics course for an interesting and entertaining read. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
AMAZING. Fictionalized and heightened, but the ugly truth behind "Gold Farming" and the Online Gaming economy is presented here in a way that will get you in your emotional center instead of letting your eyes glaze over as facts and figures are dryly presented to you.
Should be required reading for any sociology course or economic class. I think I would have understood "Free Enterprise" better in High School if this had been part of the curriculum. ( )
  DeborahJ2016 | Oct 26, 2016 |
Cory Doctorow's books are always a great read. They bring up interesting questions about Internet culture and rights, as well as explain things that may seem confusing to people who don"t obsess about the issues (like myself).

I recommend that everyone at least try out Doctorow's novels, they might not be what you enjoy but at least you might learn something. ( )
  Sarah_Buckley | Sep 17, 2016 |
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Once again Doctorow has taken denigrated youth behavior (this time, gaming) and recast it into something heroic.
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In the game, Matthew's characters killed monsters, as they did every single night. But tonight, as Matthew thoughtfully chopsticked a dumpling out of a styrofoam clamshell, dipped it in the red hot sauce and popped it into his mouth, his little squadron did something extraordinary: they began to win.
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A group of teens from around the world find themselves drawn into an online revolution arranged by a mysterious young woman known as Big Sister Nor, who hopes to challenge the status quo and change the world using her virtual connections.

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