Authored by: Frédéric Clément

The Routledge Companion to Video Game Studies

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415533324
eBook ISBN: 9780203114261
Adobe ISBN: 9781136290510


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While play and game are words that orbit the same semantic fields (amusement, entertainment, sports, etc.), a game is not a play, and playing is not the same as gaming. Correspondingly, a player might not be the same person as a gamer. But what differentiates these types of video game users, and what are the borderline cases that exist between—and at the periphery of—the two? This essay explores multiple approaches toward game and play in an effort to more clearly highlight the differences between categories of the video game users.

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