Future, Critical future studies, utopia, dystopia, games and politics


The editorial offers some red threads connecting the articles of this issue, introduces each contribution, and takes up some organisational matters.


Arendt, H. (1995). Men in dark times. Harcourt, Brace & Co. (Original work published in 1968)

Bal, M. (1999). Introduction. In M. Bal (Ed.), The practice of cultural analysis: Expos-ing interdisciplinary interpretation (pp. 1–14). Stanford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1515/9781503620438 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9781503620438

Brecht, B. (1967). An die Nachgeborenen. In Bertolt Brecht Gesammelte Werke Band 4 (pp. 722–725). Suhrkamp. (Original work published in 1939)

Crouch, C. (2004). Post-democracy. Polity Press.

Fischer, M. (2009). Capitalist realism: Is there no alternative? Zero Books.

Goode, L., & Godhe, M. (2017). Beyond capitalist realism: Why we need critical future studies. Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, 9(1), 108–129. https://doi.org/10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1790615 DOI: https://doi.org/10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1790615

Habermas, J. (2019). Die neue Unübersichtlichkeit. Kleine politische Schriften V. Suhrkamp Verlag. (Original work published in 1985)

Hall, S. (1977). Encoding/decoding. In S. During (Ed.), The cultural studies reader (pp. 91–103). Routledge.

Horkheimer, M. (1992). Traditionelle und kritische Theorie: 5 Aufsätze. Fischer Wissenschaft. (Original work published in 1937)

Huizinga, J. (1955). Homo ludens: A study of the play element in culture. Beacon Press. (Original work published in 1938)

Levitas, R. (2013). Utopia as method: The imaginary reconstitution of society. Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137314253 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137314253

Mukherjee, S., & Hammar, E. L. (2018). Introduction to the special issue on post-colonial perspectives in game studies. Open Library of Humanities, 4(2). https://doi.org/10.16995/olh.309 DOI: https://doi.org/10.16995/olh.309

Pötzsch, H. (2023). Toward a diagnostics of the present: Popular culture, post-apocalyptic macro-dystopia, and the petrification of politics. In A. Grønstad & L. Johannessen (Eds.), Microdystopias: Aesthetics and politics in a broken moment (pp. 17–39). Lexington Books.

Pötzsch, H., & Jørgensen, K. (2022). Editorial: Transitions. Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture, 13(1), 1–5. https://doi.org/10.7557/23.6980 DOI: https://doi.org/10.7557/23.6980

Zimmerman, E. (2013, September 9). Manifesto for a ludic century. Kotaku. https://kotaku.com/manifesto-the-21st-century-will-be-defined-by-games-1275355204




How to Cite

Pötzsch, H. and Jørgensen, K. . (2023) “Editorial: Futures”, Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture, 14(1), pp. 1–7. doi: 10.7557/23.7324.