christielouwho asked: As with the problems found in a lot of mentally disturbed individuals-- such as those suffering from schizophrenia, sociopathy, and otherwise-- how do you distinguish the level of fun someone (let's use a sociopath) experiences when they are harming or manipulating another compared to an individual who is playing a game of soccer or tag? Physiologically, this person would probably be...
Tom Chatfield: 7 ways games reward the brain <3 TED - Thanks to Cody Sumter
It’s been a while since I’ve made a post, so I’m going to give a quick recap of what I’m trying to do here. I’m trying to create theoretical framework to talk about games and game design. I am not the first to do this. A lot has been written on the subject of game design. But every theory I have read seems incomplete. Every definition I read for “play”...
Meaning, Play and Choice
“Even in its simplest forms on the animal level, play is more than a mere physiological phenomenon or psychological reflex. It goes beyond the confines of purely physical or purely biological activity. It is a significant function - that is to say, there is some sense to it. In play there is something “at play” which transcends the immediate needs of life and imparts...
Rules of Play
Check out the about page! I have experience designing games but I’m only just beginning to study the formal theory. I’m hoping that this tumblr will help broaden my horizons. For the time being, the most inclusive text I’ve read is Salen and Zimmerman’s Rules of Play. If there’s going to be discussion we’ll need to start with shared terms and approaches. And...