GAMES: AGENCY AS ART: A Reader’s Guide

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Now officially out: my first book, Games: Agency as Art. Thanks to Oxford University for making this all happen!

The book says that games are a distinctive art form — one very different from the traditional arts. Game designers don’t just create an environment, or characters, or a story. They tell you who to be in the game. They set your basic abilities: whether you will run and jump, or move around your pieces geometrically, or bid and raise. And, most importantly, they tell you what your goals will be. By specifying the points and victory conditions, the designer sets the players’ core motivations in the game. The designer shapes our practical struggle by manipulating our practical interests and abilities, and the challenges we will face. Game designers work in the medium of agency itself. Games are the art of agency.

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Game designers aren’t just telling stories. Game designers…

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Published by Nicholas Andriani

Writer • Poet • Educator • #英語教師 Food, Folklore & Pop Culture in Japan. Part-time Cheesemonger Asian Studies + English + 日本語 @mizzou

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