What Does it Mean to Understand Gameplay?

by Craig A Lindley, Lennart E Nacke, Charlotte C Sennersten
Abstract:
Understanding gameplay requires a consideration of basic epistemological questions about the nature of understanding. Grounded in a tradition of philosophical hermeneutics, it is possible to approach the understanding of gameplay as a matter of generating mappings to explanatory frameworks in alternative interpretation paradigms. It is especially useful to consider gameplay from perspectives of cognitive science, semiotics, consciousness studies and aesthetics. Each of these approaches provides a different but compatible perspective on understanding play. Integrating these perspectives without losing their differences provides a comprehensive theoretical framework for play analysis.
Reference:
What Does it Mean to Understand Gameplay? (Craig A Lindley, Lennart E Nacke, Charlotte C Sennersten), In Proceedings of LEDA 2007, Aalborg University, 2007.
Bibtex Entry:
@inproceedings{Lindley2007,
abstract = {Understanding gameplay requires a consideration of basic epistemological questions about the nature of understanding. Grounded in a tradition of philosophical hermeneutics, it is possible to approach the understanding of gameplay as a matter of generating mappings to explanatory frameworks in alternative interpretation paradigms. It is especially useful to consider gameplay from perspectives of cognitive science, semiotics, consciousness studies and aesthetics. Each of these approaches provides a different but compatible perspective on understanding play. Integrating these perspectives without losing their differences provides a comprehensive theoretical framework for play analysis.},
address = {Esbjerg, Denmark},
author = {Lindley, Craig A and Nacke, Lennart E and Sennersten, Charlotte C},
booktitle = {Proceedings of LEDA 2007},
keywords = {Lindley2007,aesthetics,cognition,consciousness,epistemology,gameplay,semiotics},
mendeley-tags = {Lindley2007},
publisher = {Aalborg University},
title = {{What Does it Mean to Understand Gameplay?}},
url = {http://www.bth.se/fou/forskinfo.nsf/all/4cdfcc11dad2f9fec12575c8003ee24d},
year = {2007}
}

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