What does it mean to understand gameplay?

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Craig Lindley, Lennart Nacke, Charlotte Sennersten
Title: What does it mean to understand gameplay?
Translated title: Vad betyder det att förstå gameplay?
Conference name: Ludic Engagement Designs for All (LEDA)
Year: 2007
Publisher: Aalborg University
City: Esbjerg, Denmark
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Interaction and System Design (Sektionen för teknik – adv. för interaktion och systemdesign)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
Authors e-mail: Craig.Lindley@bth.se, Lennart.Nacke@bth.se, Charlotte.Sennersten@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: Understanding gameplay requires a consideration of basic epistemological questions about the nature of
understanding. Grounded in a tradition of philosophical
hermeneutics, it is possible to approach the
understanding of gameplay as a matter of generating mappings to explanatory frameworks in alternative interpretation paradigms. It is especially useful to consider gameplay from perspectives of cognitive science, semiotics, consciousness studies and aesthetics.
Each of these approaches provides a different but
compatible perspective on understanding play.
Integrating these perspectives without losing their
differences provides a comprehensive theoretical
framework for play analysis.
Subject: Digital Game Development\General
Keywords: Gameplay, epistemology, cognition, consciousness, semiotics, aesthetics