"Rules of Play"

Son Elyon notes with interest the publication of Rules of Play wherein authors Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman "offer a unified model for looking at all kinds of games, from board games and sports to computer and video games....Building an aesthetics of interactive systems, Salen and Zimmerman define core concepts like 'play,' 'design,' and 'interactivity.' They look at games through a series of eighteen 'game design schemas,' or conceptual frameworks, including games as systems of emergence and information, as contexts for social play, as a storytelling medium, and as sites of cultural resistance...It is the first comprehensive attempt to establish a solid theoretical framework for the emerging discipline of game design."

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