Tag Archives: Defining Games

Sunset

I didn’t expect to fall for Gabriel. I resented him at first. He had everything. A beautiful home, wealth, connections to the powerful, a job studying and curating his passion, a seemingly never-ending supply of books, music and artwork to fill … Continue reading

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Tarot and What Is Winning Anyways?

I’ve been thinking about Tarot more than usual these days, in no small part due to Mattie Brice’s recent writings on the subject. I think what is most interesting to me about her recent exploration on Tarot is how it connects … Continue reading

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On the origin of playing cards in “non-game” play

It is easy to take things for granted in any medium, and games are no exception. We take for granted that established genres and control schemes are well known to us because we grew up with them, but are alien … Continue reading

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Lost Levels Talk – Non-Human Play

Below is the full version of the talk I gave at today’s Lost Levels. Some of it I have covered in my past post on baboon games, but since then I’ve been thinking more about how our knowledge of animal … Continue reading

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Öyvind Fahlström

Öyvind Fahlström (1928-1976) was a Swedish Multimedia artist who was greatly interested in using games in art. His interest in games arose from his earlier work in concrete poetry, or poetry in which the way the words are arranged visually … Continue reading

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The Games Baboons Play

While I’m still technically involved in academia, I’m doing my best to take advantage of my access to the wealth of academic papers and journals normally kept behind paywalls and other gates. I really, REALLY wish this stuff was more … Continue reading

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Your Game Is In Another Castle

Today’s surrealist game-in-a-game is a group game. Player 1 begins playing a simple game  such as Super Mario Bros or Super Mario World. They play normally. The other, observing players determine what kind of game Player 1 will play by … Continue reading

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