Playworlds: rule systems & relational art

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Mary Flanagan

Mary Flanagan, Ph.D.

Dartmouth College
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
12:30 pm

In this talk, Dr. Mary Flanagan presents games and artworks that function to create emergent values among both designers and players. Arguing that agency is a key concept to designing play systems, Flanagan explores games, values, and the conceptual concerns inherent in the rule systems that constitute contemporary play, especially focusing on the implications of the ‘gamification’ of everyday life.

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