Who is a Gamer?

In Adrienne Shaw’s article “On Not Becoming Gamers: Moving Beyond the Constructed Audience”, there was one line that really stood out to me. She writes, “sometimes interviewees said they were not gamers because they did not play certain types of games such as games with deep narratives or games focused on killing.” For example, she…

Play, LIM, and Videogames

Before taking this class, my definition of play was “to engage in any activity for fun or pleasure.” I have worked a lot with children, so when I thought of play, I thought of imaginary games, dolls, tag, and the like. When it came to video games, I thought that to play them was to…

What it means to “play”

The definition of play is to take on the role of a character or object in a situation. The player becomes the character or object and is responsible for making decisions to advance within the game. In order to be considered playing, the player must have an active role in the game. They must be…

Defining Play

Re: Describe your previous understanding of “play,” one game from this semester, and how that game effected your understanding of play. Before this semester, my definition of play as it pertained to videogames would have been centered on interacting with a game in a way that is fun. Also, playing would have at least required…