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The Leisure of Serious Games: A Dialogue

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dc.contributor.author Rockwell, Geoffrey
dc.contributor.author Kee, Kevin
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-12T18:11:37Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-12T18:11:37Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Rockwell, G.M., & Kee, K. (2011). The leisure of serious games: A dialogue. Game Studies, 11(2). en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://gamestudies.org/1102/articles/geoffrey_rockwell_kevin_kee
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/8325
dc.description.abstract This dialogue was performed by Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell and Dr. Kevin Kee as a plenary presentation to the 2009 Interacting with Immersive Worlds Conference at Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada. Kevin introduced Geoffrey as a keynote speaker prepared to present on serious games. Instead of following convention, Geoffrey invited Kevin to engage in a dialogue testing the claim that "games can be educational". Animated by a spirit of Socratic play, they examined serious gaming in the light of the insights of ancient philosophers including Socrates, Plato and Aesop, twentieth-century theorists such as Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bernard Suits, Johan Huizinga, and Roger Callois, and contemporaries such as Espen Aarseth, Bernard Suits and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Their dialogue touched on topics ranging from definitions of play and games, to existing examples of “serious games”, to divisions between games and simulations, and the historical trajectories of comparable media. Their goal was to provide an introduction to these topics, and provoke discussion among their listeners during the conference that followed. In the end, they agreed that the lines of separation between "games" and "learning" may not be as clear as sometimes assumed, and that in game design we may find the seeds of serious play. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Game Studies en_US
dc.subject serious games en_US
dc.subject play en_US
dc.subject education en_US
dc.subject Socratic dialogues en_US
dc.subject theory en_US
dc.title The Leisure of Serious Games: A Dialogue en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US


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