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  • Academic language should not be a ghetto dialect at odds with ordinary language, but rather an extension that is compatible with lay-language. To define ‘game’ with the unrealistic ambition of satisfying both lay-people and experts should not be a major concern for a game ontology, since the field it addresses is subject to cultural evolution and diachronic change. Instead of the impossible mission of turning the common word into an analytic concept, a useful task for an ontology of games is to model game differences, to show how the things we call games can be different from each other in a number of different ways.

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Author details:Espen AarsethORCiDGND
Title of parent work (German):DIGAREC Series
Subtitle (German):Some remarks on game ontologies
Publication type:Article
Publication year:2011
Publishing institution:Universität Potsdam
Release date:2011/05/18
First page:50
Last Page:69
Source:Digarec Series, 06 (2011), S. 050 - 069
RVK - Regensburg classification:AP 15963
RVK - Regensburg classification:SU 500
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Künste und Medien
DDC classification:7 Künste und Unterhaltung / 79 Sport, Spiele, Unterhaltung / 793 Spiele und Freizeitaktivitäten für drinnen
Collection(s):Universität Potsdam / Schriftenreihen / DIGAREC Series, ISSN 1867-6227 / DIGAREC Series (2011) 06
License (German):License LogoKeine öffentliche Lizenz: Unter Urheberrechtsschutz
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