Monday, March 8, 2010

reading day

As Spring Cleaning happened last week, the closAR team borrowed some books from the V2_Library to read on Mono Monday.

As I was reading "space time play," one point I found interesting with pervasive gaming was the loss of the safety zone. Real consequences ensue in this real space, taking away some of this free exploration that happens in virtual gaming space. It reminds me of Apter's reversal theory regarding anxiety and excitement and also on safety zones based on their fears. The rules of engagement of a game help make up the boundaries of this world in which it is safe to explore (or play) these alternate realities.

Perhaps play theory will be more useful at a later stage of concept development (and perhaps we can use it to assess the play quality of other B&G game initiatives). Will bring in some resources if it is of interest.


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