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Title:Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Ian Bogost
Publisher:Basic Books
ISBN:0465051723
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:288
Category:Non fiction, Psychology, Games, Philosophy, Self help, Video games

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

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games How filling life with play b b whether soccer or lawn mowing counting sheep or tossing Angry Birds b b forges a new path for creativity and joy in our impatient age b .

Life is boring filled with meetings and traffic errands and emails Nothing we d ever call i fun i But what if we ve gotten fun wrong In i Play Anything i 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 i Play Anything i reveals that games appeal to us not because they are fun but because they set i limitations i 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 i accept i 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 making PowerPoints as sources for meaning and joy We can play anything by filling our days with attention and discipline devotion and love for the world as it really is beyond our desires and fears .

Ranging from Internet culture to moral philosophy ancient poetry to modern consumerism Bogost shows us how today s chaotic world can only be tamed and enjoyed when we first impose boundaries on ourselves

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