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Chris Bateman
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Game designer by profession, philosopher by vocation
Game designer by profession, philosopher by vocation

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An open letter to Jesper Juul about artgames, aesthetics, and utility. You don't need to have read the paper I'm discussing in order to get my argument in this one, which connects Dear Esther, Proteus and the Tale of Tales games with arguments by Huizinga, Caillois, Heidegger, and Einstein.
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The other month, Raph Koster and I had another of our intermittent exchanges, amongst other things discussing the battles over the word 'game'. This blog-letter extends that conversation...
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When I posted on "Are Videogames Made of Rules?" the other week, I thought it was a topic nobody would be interested in. But I was wrong. And amongst the more interesting comments was one from +Bart Stewart that I have now responded to at length...
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The bookend for my recent discussions with +Babette Babich, with links for each of the parts. And my thanks to Babette for doing this with me - I've enjoyed working on these dialogues far more than anything else in my blogging in recent years.
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Concluding my latest dialogue with +Babette Babich, this time throwing around the virtual reality of Google Maps, concerns about 'all roads lead to Disney', and the inexorable command of capitalist empire that "the spice must flow".
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Well, it was just a matter of time before the media noticed tabletop role-playing again. Shame it has to be D&D, but I'll take what I can get!
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Continuing my dialogue with +Babette Babich about media and priming, this time extending into 'hacking elections' and the effect of audio-visual material on music performance.
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ICYMI, part three of my new dialogue with +Babette Babich discusses priming and 'the culture industry'.
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The Culture Industry, priming, and PR... my dialogue with +Babette Babich continues!
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Finished reading Miguel Sicart's Play Matters today, which had a lot of excellent points about it (it's light years ahead of the pack in game studies in thinking about play). And yet: it seriously fails in its goal to be an update to the tradition founded by Huizinga and Callois.

I really wonder about this, because Miguel is a scrupulous, well-read scholar, but doesn't engage with either of these scholar's core arguments - that the play element in culture is declining. And without this, I really wonder: what does he think he's doing?

Furthermore, how did his two peer reviewers at MIT Books, and the three editors for the Playful Thinking series, and their master editor for Digital Media, not notice this? The most likely answer: people in game studies cite Huizinga and Caillois but they don't read them. And that's rather tragic. Because their argument is still important and it deserves much more than simply being overlooked.
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