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Play Matters By Miguel Sicart,

  • Title: Play Matters
  • Author: Miguel Sicart
  • ISBN: 9780262027922
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Why play is a productive, expressive way of being, a form of understanding, and a fundamental part of our well being.What do we think about when we think about play A pastime Games Childish activities The opposite of work Think again If we are happy and well rested, we may approach even our daily tasks in a playful way, taking the attitude of play without the activitWhy play is a productive, expressive way of being, a form of understanding, and a fundamental part of our well being.What do we think about when we think about play A pastime Games Childish activities The opposite of work Think again If we are happy and well rested, we may approach even our daily tasks in a playful way, taking the attitude of play without the activity of play So what, then, is play In Play Matters, Miguel Sicart argues that to play is to be in the world playing is a form of understanding what surrounds us and a way of engaging with others Play goes beyond games it is a mode of being human.We play games, but we also play with toys, on playgrounds, with technologies and design Sicart proposes a theory of play that doesn t derive from a particular object or activity but is a portable tool for being not tied to objects but brought by people to the complex interactions that form their daily lives It is not separated from reality it is part of it It is pleasurable, but not necessarily fun Play can be dangerous, addictive, and destructive.Along the way, Sicart considers playfulness, the capacity to use play outside the context of play toys, the materialization of play instruments but also play pals playgrounds, play spaces that enable all kinds of play beauty, the aesthetics of play through action political play from Maradona s goal against England in the 1986 World Cup to the hactivist activities of Anonymous the political, aesthetic, and moral activity of game design and why play and computers get along so well.
    Play Matters Why play is a productive expressive way of being a form of understanding and a fundamental part of our well being What do we think about when we think about play A pastime Games Childish activities

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    1. A compact but deep analysis on play and design making clear what important role play has in our current computated world.

    2. The account of play in Play Matters is quite interesting, though too unsystematic and too rooted in postmodern ideas The account also suffers somewhat from Huizinga Syndrome that is, finding play under nearly every rock in the social landscape Suits, Words on Play One of the central aspects of Sicart s account is that play is appropriative it takes over other parts of our lives and experiences This tends to assimilate everything as play Seeing play as carnivalesque, as Sicart presents it, also t [...]

    3. An excellent map of the ecology of play I like the notion that play is negotiated between all agents, designers and players and that it should be architected through setting a stage with purpose This book is a welcome inspiration how systemic thinking and pattern creation prevalent in design can be complemented to facilitate playful interactions.

    4. The most charitable description I can give of Play Matters is that it would make an awesome links post It constantly refers to all sorts of fascinating anecdotes and products of what I ll call avant garde game design everything from exotic LARP scenarios to silly smartphone apps to illegal subversive competitions to frustratingly addictive Flash mini games I was itching to explore a lot of the endnote references and frustrated by the fact that they were useless URLs in print form.On the other ha [...]

    5. This is an introductory text to theories, patterns and behaviours of play It does feature some scholarship, but its key role is to provide a foundation for the understanding of play There is attention to organized and disorganized play, banality and the carnivalesque.The book is short, but useful.

    6. Hands down the best book I have read on play since The Well Played Game Short but profound and incredibly welcome in its attempt to shift the conversation from games as artifacts to play as activity.

    7. Interesting take on how play is everywhere, and the world as we know it exists because of it I m glad it didn t relegate play to children, and it look into how computers can play a role but cannot engage in play itself Learned a lot of new words for sure

    8. Delightful, thoughtful, thought provoking I like reading about games and play as much as I like games and play, and possibly

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