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Play Anything | Ian Bogost
"How filling life with play—whether soccer or lawn mowing, counting sheep or tossing Angry Birds—forges a new path for creativity and joy in our impatient age. Life is no game. It’s demanding, boring, and rarely fun. But what if we’ve got games wrong? Playing anything—whether an instrument, a sport, or a video game—takes hard work and makes absurd demands. Where’s the fun in that? In Play Anything, acclaimed philosopher and award-winning game designer Ian Bogost reveals that play isn’t a mindless escape from boring reality. Instead, play is what happens when we accept limitations, narrow our focus, and—consequently—have fun. Which is also how to live a good life. Manipulating cards to make a poker hand is no different than treating chores and obligations as tools by which we can discover new happiness. Ranging from Internet culture to moral philosophy, from ancient poetics to modern consumerism, Play Anything reveals how today’s chaotic world can only be tamed—and enjoyed—when we first impose boundaries on ourselves."
book  play  games  philosophy 
may 2018 by tsuomela
The Aesthetic of Play | The MIT Press
"The impulse toward play is very ancient, not only pre-cultural but pre-human; zoologists have identified play behaviors in turtles and in chimpanzees. Games have existed since antiquity; 5,000-year-old board games have been recovered from Egyptian tombs. And yet we still lack a critical language for thinking about play. Game designers are better at answering small questions (“Why is this battle boring?”) than big ones (“What does this game mean?”). In this book, the game designer Brian Upton analyzes the experience of play—how playful activities unfold from moment to moment and how the rules we adopt constrain that unfolding. Drawing on games that range from Monopoly to Dungeons & Dragons to Guitar Hero, Upton develops a framework for understanding play, introducing a set of critical tools that can help us analyze games and game designs and identify ways in which they succeed or fail. Upton also examines the broader epistemological implications of such a framework, exploring the role of play in the construction of meaning and what the existence of play says about the relationship between our thoughts and external reality. He considers the making of meaning in play and in every aspect of human culture, and he draws on findings in pragmatic epistemology, neuroscience, and semiotics to describe how meaning emerges from playful engagement. Upton argues that play can also explain particular aspects of narrative; a play-based interpretive stance, he proposes, can help us understand the structure of books, of music, of theater, of art, and even of the process of critical engagement itself."
book  publisher  play  games  game-studies  philosophy  epistemology 
march 2015 by tsuomela
Keeping Score: How To Understand Baseball : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
"Keeping score, in baseball, or in life, is a knowledge-making activity. It is, we might say, a form of research. We can get by just fine reading-along on ESPN gamecast, or taking the evening newscast at face value. For most of us, most of the time, that's the best we can manage. But there is another option: we can keep score, that is, we can write the events that matter to us; we can make knowledge and history. How you keep score — using an app, or writing it out by hand — strikes me as entirely irrelevant. But that we keep score, or that, at the very least, we recognize that the score needs keeping — that we can't, however much we might like, abdicate our authority to make sense of what is going on — is crucial."
philosophy  games  play  knowledge  making  baseball  sports 
august 2013 by tsuomela
SAMPLE REALITY · Haunts: Place, Play, and Trauma
Speculation on place-based social media like Foursquare and hacking them with fictional stories.
hacking  places  social-media  play 
june 2010 by tsuomela
THEATER | The absurd(ist) success of playwright Lonnie Carter | Twin Cities Daily Planet | Minneapolis - St. Paul
How playwright Lonnie Carter prevails is a mystery worthy of the Sphinx. Actually, it's a wonder he's survived. But, a living breathing exception that proves the rule, Carter is that rare absurdist who, while being faithful to the craft, is also a commercial success.
theater  play  writing  absurdism 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Siris: On Suits on Games
commentary on The Grasshopper: Games of Life and Utopia, Bernard Suits.
games  definition  play  philosophy 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Mozart Was a Red by Murray N. Rothbard
"Mozart Was a Red" is, to my knowledge, Murray N. Rothbard's one and only play. It is a form unusual for him, but one well suited to its subject: the cult that grew up around the novelist Ayn Rand and flourished in the 60s and early 70s. For the principal figures of Rand's short-lived "Objectivist" movement were indeed like characters out of some theatrical farce.
theater  play  libertarian  humor  satire  about(AynRand) 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Least Dangerous Game
Twin Cities twitter based social hunting game.
arg  games  minneapolis  minnesota  twitter  social  play 
may 2007 by tsuomela

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