For the Win

Book review by Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Teen gamers vs. corporations; absorbing but violent sci-fi.

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 15+

Learning the Economy through video games

Ever wanted to have your child understand why there is a labor movement? How about how the value of a product can be artificially inflated? Or even how a child in India or China lives? This book explores all of these but sets it in a relatable world of playing video games. The story follows an American gamer and kids his own age in Asia as they try to game the system and make it work. It is set in a near future where video games have become an economy to themselves. Corporations like Nentendo and Coca-Cola don't like it, they want to shut down these black market players because they are affecting the economy of the game, and the game players themselves are trying to unionize, so they don't have to play for hours just for pennies. This book is so smart it will blow the minds of the adults reading it, and give children an understanding how the economy works.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 17+

This title has:

Too much consumerism
Great role models

Book Details

  • Author: Cory Doctorow
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Publication date: May 11, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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