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Imaginary Games Paperback – November 16, 2011
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In this well-researched book Chris Bateman explores the ambiguous territory between the fictional and the real, and slays some dragons hiding therein. Highly recommended.
A wonderfully refreshing and inventive look at games of many kinds, but especially digital games. It is seriously philosophical, but Bateman, a professional game designer, draws on a huge variety of resources far beyond the writings of academic philosophers - fascinating and fun!
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Acclaimed game designer, philosopher and author Chris Bateman is an expert on play and games, and undertakes philosophical investigations in a spirit of open-minded enquiry.
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I would not recommend this book to everyone, but if you are serious about understanding the larger philosophical ideas behind videogames, Imaginary Games is all at once a primer and a master's class. Also, if you enjoyed his book, make sure to check out his blog!
As usual, Bateman writes very accessably, but without dumbing down his message and philosophy. An essential book if you're interested in the relation between art and play, and a good summary of some earlier thinkers' ideas as well, combined with Bateman's own perspective.