Taking Videogames Seriously.

Good Golly Gosh

According to Jesper Juul, a game is a ‘rule based format system with a variable and quantifiable outcome, where different outcomes are assigned different values, the player exerts effort in order to influence the outcome’ all consequences of the activity are optional and negotiable (Gillis 2006). The invention of ‘games’ have been around since ancient Egyptian times, with the game Senet being one as arguably one of the oldest board games to date. It was an experience that humans could do something sociable together, and is an invention that we currently recognize as it has many elements that you would see on a board game such as chess and checkers. The game Go, which was invented in ancient China, was another board game in which the player places stones on the grid to surround more total space than their opponent. Media theorist Marshall McLuhan states that games are methods of…

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