Introduction: The other Caillois: The many masks of game studies

Carbone, Marco Benoît, Ruffino, Paolo and Massonet, Stéphane (2017) Introduction: The other Caillois: The many masks of game studies. Games and Culture, 12 (4). pp. 303-320. ISSN 1555-4120

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The legacy of the rich, stratified work of Roger Caillois, the multifaceted and complex French scholar and intellectual, seems to have almost solely impinged on game studies through his most popular work, Les Jeux et les Hommes. Translated in English as Man, Play and Games, this is the text which popularized Caillois’ ideas among those who do study and research on games and game cultures today, and which most often appears in publications that attempt to historicize and introduce to the study of games—perhaps on a par with Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens. The purpose of this article is to introduce the papers and general purposes of a collected edition that aims to shift the attention of game scholars toward a more nuanced and comprehensive view of Roger Caillois, beyond the textbook interpretations usually received in game studies over the last decade or so.

Keywords:Roger Caillois, Game Studies, gamification, ludus, paidia, alea, ilinx, agency, Marxism
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
L Social studies > L610 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
ID Code:27468
Deposited On:05 May 2017 09:47

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