Epistemological issues in understanding game design, play-experience, and reportage

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This paper presents a philosophically-grounded argument for examining how second-order analysis can be approached with regard to epistemologies of game design and play-experience. Games are presented as multiple ‘units of being’ sharing relationships of dependency and transformation, which can be approached differently by different audiences. To demonstrate how such relationships can function between units of being, examples from game analyses are discussed with particular attention to the role of cognition and memory in reporting on the play-experience specifically. Implications for design practice, player studies, game analysis, and games criticism are discussed throughout the argument, working towards a theoretical foundation for enabling more deeply informed interpretation and analyses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiGRA '19 - Proceedings of the 2019 DiGRA International Conference: Game, Play and the Emerging Ludo-Mix
PublisherDigital Games Research Association
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2019
EventDiGRA 2019: Game, Play and the Emerging Ludo-Mix - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 6 Aug 201910 Aug 2019


ConferenceDiGRA 2019
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