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Episode two: James Wallis

Play is the thing

Release Date: 03/24/2019

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Chris Ferguson recommended the Atari 2600 console.

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Aiyana's brilliant article for Scientific American is here

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Episode 14 with Maggi Laurie show art Episode 14 with Maggi Laurie

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Margaret talked about a few games

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Episode 13 with Paul Wake show art Episode 13 with Paul Wake

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Paul Wake is a big part of the Manchester games studies network: https://www.manchestergamestudies.org/

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Episode 12 with Holly Nielsen show art Episode 12 with Holly Nielsen

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If you want to catch up with Holly's writing, here's a taster:

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Episode 11 with Minkette show art Episode 11 with Minkette

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Minkette (@mink_ette on twitter) is a designer of games of all sorts, as well as a speaker and podcaster.

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Episode 10 with James Wallis (again) show art Episode 10 with James Wallis (again)

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James' book, Board Games in 100 moves, is out on the 5th September: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Board-Games-in-100-Moves-by-Ian-Livingstone-author-James-Wallis-author/9781465485755

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Max talks to Holly Gramazio, game designer and curator, about her work and when play is bad!

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Where does play begin, and where does it end? show art Where does play begin, and where does it end?

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Take a look at the images at the top of this post. Which of them would you say represent a form of play? Some of you might require some kind of thing to play with, others will focus on rules. In the view of many play researchers, only 3 of these are images of play (we’ll come to which three later). But I’d like to argue that they all embody, in different ways and to different extents, important aspects of play that I’d like to explore on this blog. And yes, the last one is flirting. I’ll explain. Without pretending to offer any kind of theory of play, here are three important aspects,...

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Look at the two images at the top of this post. It’s a fair bet that they provoke different emotional reactions in you, and odds-on that you will have a more positive reaction to the one on the left. I wanted to explore why that might be, and to what extent such a response might be justified. I think this matters because reactions to different forms of play deeply colour the debate about the state of childhood, and of culture more generally- narratives of degeneracy abound in the media and corners of academia; indeed play theorists exclude many of forms of play from their definitions. I...

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In our second episode, Max goes to visit James Wallis, game designer, writer, thinker and historian (but, allegedly, not an academic!)

James mentions a lot of books, writers and games: here are some possibly helpful links- if there's anything else you would like info on, just get in touch

@playisthething1 on twitter

Our Facebook group "Play is the thing"

playisthethingpod@gmail.com

Notes:

Empire of the petal throne: https://www.tekumel.com/
Richard bartle's work on player types: https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/bartle-s-player-types-for-gamification
Gary alan Fine's book, shared fantasy: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Shared_Fantasy.html?id=rLlLbN0XuSEC&redir_esc=y
Boethian maths: https://www.maa.org/press/periodicals/convergence/mathematical-treasure-the-arithmetic-of-boethius
Ars Amatoria (NOT amorata, because I'm not just an idiot, I'm a pretentious idiot): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ars_Amatoria
Keith Johnstone's book Impro is here: https://www.keithjohnstone.com/

And James is right, The Mind is amazing: https://thirstymeeples.co.uk/products/the-mind