New book, The Player’s Power to Change the Game: Ludic Mutation

Amsterdam University Press has just published The Player’s Power to Change the Game: Ludic Mutation, by Anne-Marie Schleiner. The author ‘explores a concept she calls “ludic mutation,” a transformative process in which the player, who is expected to engage in the preprogrammed interactions of the game and accept its imposed subjective constraints, seizes back some of the power otherwise lost to the game itself. Crucially, this power grab is also relevant beyond the game because players then see the external world as material to be reconfigured, an approach with important ramifications for everything from social activism to contemporary warfare.’

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