Well Played

Well Played (Vol. 8, No. 3)

This special issue of Well-Played considers sports as an approach to play rather than as a category of game. Sports as community institutions play a complex role in our culture. Sports produce values, behaviors, and cultural conventions that simultaneously include and exclude; that encourage and nurture some while rejecting others; and that celebrate aesthetic performance and violent behavior all at once. This is the sporting mindset, or what happens when players bring values associated with sports into all manner of games.

Well Played (Vol. 8, No. 3)
Imprint
ETC Press
Release Date
September 26, 2019
Pages
188
ISSN
2328-9422
Language
English
DOI / Citations
https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/9914447.v2
Product Dimensions
6x9
Heidi Wiren Bartlett
Total Downloads: 31

a journal on videos games, value and meaning

Though often viewed as special category of games, sports is really an approach to play. The popular conception of the sporting mindset puts certain values ahead of others, and positioning games as a means to an end rather than an experience unto itself. Sometimes, the sporting mindset brings out the best in us; sometimes, the worst. Sports as community institutions play a complex role in our culture. Sports produce values, behaviors, and cultural conventions that simultaneously include and exclude; that encourage and nurture some while rejecting others; and that celebrate aesthetic performance and violent behavior all at once. The essays here span a wide range of games—Crossfit but also Android: Netrunner; Destiny and baseball spectatorship; fantasy football in addition to streaming eSports. Each of the essays explores the way we think about play from a particular point of view either as players or as spectators. The Well Played Journal is a forum for in-depth close readings of video games that parse out the various meanings to be found in the experience of playing a game. It is a reviewed journal with CfPs for submissions that will be released on a regular basis with high-quality essays.

Library Category
Well-Played
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Journals