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The Video Game Aesthetic: Play as Form

WithDavid Myers

Playing is to games as reading is to books. Sort of. Games are designed to be played, just as books are designed to be read. Both playing a game and reading a book involve transforming a pre-determined set of rules into a more immediate phenomenological experience. And, of course, reading includes a larger set of behaviors than just reading books, just as playing includes a larger set of behaviors than just playing games.