The rise and proliferation of the Japanese Battle Royale combat video game, Fortnite, attests to the power of games in popular culture, especially among the younger generations. Frenzied players spend thousands of dollars on their avatars, providing their virtual selves with everything from designer outfits to coins and high calibre weapons. Behind the scenes, graphic designers are forever tweaking the system, hoping to further hook players and attract even more visitors. “Radical Gaming” gathers together works by artists who both explore and subvert the structures and aesthetics of the gaming industry. Interactive stories, immersive environments, and media installations tell the tale. —E.C.
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