Tag Archives: ludology

Playing The Cutscene in Mass Effect

SPOILER AHEAD- When players can convince the final boss of a game to blow his own Turian brains out by manipulating the dialogue mechanic of the game, players are not only playing the cut scene; they are winning it, and … 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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Games Are Like Onions

but not really. However, one way to conceptualize a game is to divide the “core” game play aspects from their representational “shell” ( I know onions don’t have shells). Before diving into this post, you might want to check out … Continue reading

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Understanding Through Games as a Form of Understanding Games

This is my first really complex, exciting post, so hopefully I won’t screw it up. Also, if you believe that language is the end-all be-all of meaning, you might disagree, but anyway, let us begin… To sum up a complex … 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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