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the playable portion of Jesper Juul's "The Game of Video Game Objects" is cute and insightful jesperjuul.net/text/gameofobje

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on video game objects 

I think I will assign this to my students!

from the accompanying essay: "game worlds are fundamentally not designed as bottom-up simulations of a world, but are deliberately implemented in human categories, and that we understand them as such"

coming from a programming and game design background, this seems obvious to me, but in my experience it's less intuitive for students of interactive design that come from (e.g.) a visual art or 3d modelling background

@aparrish wow, that's so clever and adorable! (i didn't want to repeat the words "cute and insightful" but i sort of did anyway)

@ranjit I was originally going to write "fun and useful"

@aparrish i just discovered that you can die in the campfire and you have to start over!

however, you can catch cannonballs with your face with no injury.

@ranjit @aparrish You can also fall off the map if you find a sneaky way out of the fences.

(What is this bullshit? Actions have *consequences*?)

@varx @ranjit looking forward to jesper juul playable essay speed run any%

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