Metacommunicative circles

  • The paper uses Gregory Bateson’s concept of metacommunication to explore the boundaries of the ‘magic circle’ in play and computer games. It argues that the idea of a self-contained “magic circle” ignores the constant negotiations among players which establish the realm of play. The “magic circle” is no fixed ontological entity but is set up by metacommunicative play. The paper further pursues the question if metacommunication could also be found in single-player computer games, and comes to the conclusion that metacommunication is implemented in single-player games by the means of metalepsis.

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Author:Britta Neitzel
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Completion:2008
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2008/12/23
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Künste und Medien
Dewey Decimal Classification:7 Künste und Unterhaltung / 70 Künste / 700 Künste; Bildende und angewandte Kunst
Collections:Universität Potsdam / Tagungsbände/Proceedings (nicht forlaufend) / Conference Proceedings of The Philosophy of Computer Games 2008 / The Magic Circle
Universität Potsdam / Schriftenreihen / DIGAREC Series, ISSN 1867-6227 / DIGAREC Series (2008) 01 / The Magic Circle
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht