For the Win
In the virtual future, you must organize to survive
At any hour of the day or night, millions of people around the globe are engrossed in multiplayer online games, questing and battling to win virtual "gold," jewels, and precious artifacts. Meanwhile, others seek to exploit this vast shadow economy, running electronic sweatshops in the world's poorest countries, where count...more
This is the multinational, multicultural story of how the future workers of the world might be unionised, told via the interlinked lives of disenfranchised game players who are being abused by their employers in one way or another.
“He hated it when...more
by Cory Doctorow.
David was a hip, streetwise, golden-hearted teenager. He was a native of Mumbai. He was talking to his friend Ravi, who was slumped in a booth in the corner of the teahouse. Ravi was from San Diego; he had never been to India before.
"I read this great book recently," David said. "It's called For the Win, by a guy named Cory Doctorow."
Ravi perked up at this. He had heard of Doctorow. Didn't he have some blog where anti-corporate hips...more
I actually liked this a lot more than I thought I would. I expected it to make me cranky, but I really enjoyed reading it. When I thought hard about it, though, it was missing something... revelatory, I think, that's keeping me from rounding up the rating. In my heart. (And on Goodreads.)
One thing I knew right away, though -- it really is overlong. This story doesn't have to be 500 pages. To its credit, there isn't any thread or character I imme...more
Cory Doctorow, at least in this book, writes in the style of a wannabe Neal Stephenson. Behold: a long (far too long), complex (sort of complex), math-inclusive (economics), story told from multiple character viewpoints in different times or places in the world, which often incorporates exotic intellectual elements, such as cool-sounding foreign words (eg fingerspitzengefuhl).
The story, owing much to The Matrix I would imagine, focuses on different youth from Asian countries and America,...more
again he projects the future (this is science fiction after all) while managing to educate the reader about the past. in this case, he's covering economics, the forming of unions, pyramid schemes, and the social contract - all while setting his story on the international stage: india, china, the US and indonesia. and again his book is labelled Young Adult - which is the best audience to learn some of this stuff. think of 'a spoonful of sugar helps...more
For fiction, a 3.5,because I have harsh standards. It's a good book, but the writing is mediocre. But it has a geeky knowledge of of so many things close to my heart; it sure as hell is informative and enter...more
Let's get this straight. I still adored this book. Cory Doctorow = the coolest, geekiest author you will ever have the pleasure of reading. He never fails to challenge my beliefs in a non-offensive,...more
For the Win dives into a world within our work - the MMORGs mostly. I've been an online gamer for years and so I found that I connected with the characters on strangely intimate levels at times. Other times, of course, I found that I was not in the least bit similar to...more
With its main characters based in the USA, India, and China, it spans the globe with an international of workers strife. Every day thousands of children are forced into playing video games, earning virtual 'game gold' and selling it on the black market to fill the pockets of their bosses. These bosses are usually do not provide health...more
Doctorow doesn't write character stories, he writes about how certain bits of the world work, and how they might...more
This is a "combine two things" book. Sometimes that works, this tim...more
But then come the little things. The first acronym not used correctly one will happily overlook.
Then comes the chapter dedicated to t...more
There are plenty of reviews that give their two cents on the plot and characters, so I'm not going to go into too much depth about that. As far as the writing goes, I was very disappointed. First, as othe...more
From the research I've done, I seem to be the only one who didn't enjoy Little Brother, and who found such sweeping issues in that novel. In For The Win, however, I see Doctorow correcting his mistakes from the first novel, and self-consciously attempting to craft his characters more carefully, especially his female characters. There i...more
But the Doctorow got better at describing game play in more accessible terms. But then I didn't like it because I was almost halfway into the book and it was still introducing new main characters. Seriously. And there...more
The story is uses a series of protagonists from around the world, including China and India and brings them together in a group of online games, or massive multiplayer...more
He is an activist in favor of liberalizing copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books.
Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, Disney, and post-scarcity economics.