I have been interested in games and game theory for a long time. I think that play is an important part of life. I also think that I see our modern western culture trying (ironically) to squeeze play out of the average person’s life while trying to get more and more people to play their particular type of game. I have read with interest the works of many authors who emphasize the role of play in human experience, but I have found no agreement among them as to what constitutes “play” or what the essential components of a “game” are.
I am going to use this category to explore (perhaps only for myself) what constitutes “play” and how much of our lives are taken up by games – either intentional or unintentional. In addition to defining these abstract terms, I plan to comment on and analyze (to the extent of my ability and aided by any who would like to help) how the idea of “games” enriches or impoverishes our lives. I expect that the posts in this category will be more rambling than usual and may take me (us?) down some blind alleys. Overall, however, I hope that in our wanderings we will see interesting, beautiful, and revealing sights.