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Play anything : the pleasure of limits, the uses of boredom, and the secret of games

Author: Ian Bogost
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Life is boring: filled with meetings and traffic, errands and emails. Nothing we'd ever call fun. But what if we've gotten fun wrong? In Play Anything, visionary game designer and philosopher Ian Bogost shows how we can overcome our daily anxiety; transforming the boring, ordinary world around us into one of endless, playful possibilities. The key to this playful mindset lies in discovering the secret truth of fun
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Bogost
ISBN: 9780465051724 0465051723
OCLC Number: 945232230
Description: xiii, 266 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface: Life is not a game --
Everywhere, playgrounds --
Ironoia, the mistrust of things --
Fun isn't pleasure, it's novelty --
Play is in things, not in you --
From restraint to constraint --
The pleasure of limits --
The opposite of happiness --
Conclusion: Living with things.
Responsibility: Ian Bogost.

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How filling life with play-whether soccer or lawn mowing, counting sheep or tossing Angry Birds-forges a new path for creativity and joy in our impatient age  Read more...
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"Proposing an aesthetic of play, [Bogost] draws on myriad examples, from golf to the task of watering his lawn to his daughter's self-directed rules of 'step on a crack, break your mother's back.' Read more...

 
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