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Video games are essentially entertainment media that are usually designed to make money. Interestingly, they are also a powerful way to look at what agency we have (or don't have) in our lives dominated by a capitalistic imperative.

Unlike books or films that critique the status quo of our world by giving a glimpse into aspects of our world that are hard to see, video games offer the chance to step into those situations and experience them first-hand. This is not only a powerful way to ask questions about the world but a way to do this in an embodied and felt experience.

The games in this list hold up an aspect of capitalism or consumerism and ask whether things should be like this. They let you experience what it's like to be a person under different circumstances in a world where capitalism dominates. Sometimes this is tongue in cheek and simply part of the world in which you play. But other times it's the central premise of the game that intends to leave the player asking new questions about how we structure our lives, families, friendships and commerce.
 
This list includes 43 games from the last 27 years, with 370 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to question capitlaism.

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Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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