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Play Theory


Precursors

  • Plato
    • play has value for education, but not serious; teaching through play
    • Republic (380 BCE)
    • Laws (369 BCE)
  • Augustine of Hippo / Dark-Middle Ages
    • play as distraction, potentially destructive
    • Confessions (397)
  • John Locke / Enlightenment & Puritans (17thC)
    • play as sinful, frivolous; work (not play) as salvation
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau / Romanticism & Sentimental Education
    • play as integral to child development
    • Emile (1762)
  • Immanuel Kant / Free Play of the Imagination
    • Critique of the Power of Judgment (1790)
  • Friedrich Schiller
    • On the Aesthetic Education of Man in Letters (1794)

"Classical" / 19thC

  • Friedrich Fröbel
    • Pedgagogics of the Kindergarten
    • Education of Man (1826)
  • Herbert Spencer
    • Education, Intellectual, Moral, and Physical (1826)
  • Karl Groos
    • The Play of Animals (1896)
    • The Play of Man (1899)

"Modern" / 20thC

  • Lev Vygotsky
  • Jean Piaget
  • Jerome Bruner
  • Johan Huizinga
  • Roger Caillois
  • Robert Fagen

Contemporary / 21stC

  • Bernie De Koven
    • The Well-Played Game
  • Brian Sutton-Smith
    • The Ambiguity of Play
  • Gordon Burghardt
  • Mihai Spariosu
  • Salen & Zimmerman
    • Rules of Play (2003)
  • Pellegrini, Anthony D.
    • The Role of Play in Human Development (2009)
  • Miguel Sicart
    • Play Matters (2014)

Game Studies


  • Aarseth, Espen. Cybertext. 1997.
  • Poole, Steven. Trigger Happy. 2000.
  • Wolf, Mark JP. The Medium of the Videogame. 2002.
  • Wolf & Perron. The Video game Theory Reader. 2003.
  • Salen & Zimmerman. Rules of Play. 2003.
  • Galloway, Alexander. Gaming: Essays in Algorithmic Culture. 2006.
  • Bogost, Ian. Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism. 2008.
  • Sicart, Miguel. Play Matters 2014.

Academic Journals


Game Studies Journals

Special Issues

Related Fields

Documentaries