“According to Roger Caillois, play is ‘an occasion of pure waste: waste of time, energy, ingenuity, skill, and often of money.’ In spite of this–or because of it–play constitutes an essential element of human social and spiritual development. In this classic study, Caillois defines play as a free and voluntary activity that occurs in a pure space, isolated and protected from the rest of life…”
“Elaborate digital platforms like Second Life and World of Warcraft offer novel opportunities for friendship, sex, employment, and aesthetic experience in virtual communities populated by cartoon-like avatars. While these simulated worlds are often treated with contempt by the general media, LOGIN 2 LIFE takes a more sympathetic approach, profiling seven people deeply immersed in these worlds, and attempting to understand what each gets from their virtual life.” – Login 2 Life
“I first heard the term “gameplay” when I interviewed for a job at Atari in 1982. It was used by someone who had just played a new arcade game, Zaxxon, I think. “It has good gameplay.” Since then, the term has become ubiquitous in the fi eld. People talk about gameplay, as if it’s some magical, mystical thing that…
Geertz’s Deep Play is an essay (I think) everyone should read. So much so I wrote about it: http://t.co/s1VP6L3rP5 #gamestudies101 — Casey O’Donnell (@caseyodonnell) March 25, 2015
" One of the most difficult tasks people can perform, however much others may despise it, is the invention of good games. "- Carl G. Jung
“ArenaNet game designer Daniel Achterman will share general guidelines and best practices he’s picked up over the years for crafting and tuning game systems.
My name is Daniel Achterman, and I’m a game designer. I’ve been doing gameplay and system design in a variety of genres for about 8 years, mostly RPGs, at companies like Gas Powered Games and ArenaNet…”
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