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What Playing The Sims Can Teach Us About Ourselves

Games can be considered procedural models in the sense that they are a series of representational objects governed by a set of rules (thank you, Ian). Ok, hold that thought. In my humble opinion, humans understand (just about) everything by … Continue reading

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Conceptualizing Play and Game: Hardcore

I’ve actually discussed the intricacies of defining play and game before, most notably in my post on the magic circle, but I came across and article that really tries to flesh out “the logico-formalistic configurations that as such act as … Continue reading

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The Magic Circle: Criticisms and variations

disclaimer: I have not read Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens: A Study of of the Play Element in Culture. I’ve only read other scholars’ descriptions. However, I still think I know enough to talk about it; trust me, reader =] I … Continue reading

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Core, Shell, and Culture

Would Halo be Halo without the Master Chief? Could we identify the game if all the representational facets were changed or erased? What if we kept the core, but we played as a pokemon using a paintball gun? Would I … Continue reading

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Pre-Game Studies; The study of games.

Although what is now referred to as Game Studies began to form around the late 90’s, as mentioned in my previous post, the study of games is a much older practice; however, it crops up throughout history in a rather … Continue reading

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