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The Ideology of Game Mechanics

The Ideology of Game Mechanics

To game designers and players, the common use of the phrase game mechanic is quite common. It saturates video game journalism and is common in-talk amongst experienced players. The problem is that outside these dual spheres, the terms remain relatively arcane, and their social and technical implications mostly unexplored. If game studies is to better integrate its vocabulary with other fields, the phrase game mechanic must be unpacked to allow for interdisciplinary conversation and critique. Designing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adaptation, Aesthetics, Cultural Studies, Game Design, Ideology, Labor, Play, Uncategorized

Building the Playgrounds. Finding labor in play.

Building the Playgrounds. Finding labor in play.

Where does a blog start? What is the social impetus for a group to donate hours of their time to the simple, but time consuming, art of blogging? For many there is a desire to connect with a broader community. The visionaries and architects of cyberspace have long maintained that the Internet is a space which fosters the intellectual growth and proclivity of the geek unconscious. I can’t deny it, I’m here to meet other … Read entire article »

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