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Title: Precarious Play: To Be or Not to Be Stanley
Authors: de Wildt, Lars # ×
Issue Date: 28-Nov-2014
Publisher: University of Glasgow
Series Title: Press Start vol:1 issue:1 pages:1-20
Abstract: Modern game scholarship in the past two decades has known two dominant, yet paradoxical, tendencies in theorizing the subject of play: an interpellationary account and a deconstructivist one. Going from Miguel Sicart's concept of the ethical player as an initial compromise between the two, this article argues for an ideological subject of play that is a split subject. While a 'playing subject', as a phenomenologically present Foucaultian subject constructed by the governing structure of rules, we must recognize the parallel subjectivity of the fixed 'played subject', inherent to – and narrativized by – the game as an avatar, visual narrator or sheer content. In this constellation, the player shows to have a merely precarious position over the played, ready to lose control at the whim of the game.
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ISSN: 2055-8198
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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