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Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780465051724
Author(s): Ian Bogost
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2016
Publisher: Basic Books
Dimensions: 235 x 0 x 156 (w x l x h)
Pages: 288

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'Play Anything is nothing short of brilliant...I will be recommending this provocative and entertaining book to everyone I know.' --Jane McGonigal, bestselling author of Reality is Broken and SuperBetter 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 and games. Play Anything, reveals that games appeal to us not because they are fun, but because they set limitations. Soccer wouldn't be soccer if it wasn't composed of two teams of eleven players using only their feet, heads, and torsos to get a ball into a goal; Tetris wouldn't be Tetris without falling pieces in characteristic shapes. Such rules seem needless, arbitrary, and difficult. Yet it is the limitations that make games enjoyable, just like it's the hard things in life that give it meaning.
Play is what happens when we accept these limitations, narrow our focus, and, consequently, have fun. Which is also how to live a good life. Manipulating a soccer ball into a goal is no different than treating ordinary circumstances-- like grocery shopping, lawn mowing, and makin
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