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Recommend/ Review: Perspectives of Computer Game Philology

Don’t be discouraged by the somewhat bland title, reader. The article I’m about to recommend/review is quite compelling. First of all, the author attempts to diffuse some of the problems and accusations that come with multidisciplinary approaches to game studies, … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Games: a gravity field.

Steven E. Jones’ book, The Meaning of Video Games, regards games as only the central objects in a universe of other objects that in their entirety make up the possible meanings of a game. These other objects can be pretty … 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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