Not Recommended: The State of Play stumbles for the same reason it proves popular: #GamerGate. Sure, editors Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson have rallied the movement's biggest critics together under one roof, in an attempt to pull apart the hashtag once and for all. But, with regurgitated arguments found throughout the opening half of the collection, The State of Play's #GamerGate criticism is sloppy and uninspired. Granted, the second half of the work does provide strong writing on such topics as level design, violence in video games, religion in JRPGs, and sexuality in game design. But The State of Play never recovers from its awkward, rambling start - and it's hard to recommend the anthology for that very same reason.