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Playfulness, Digital Original Edition

A BIT of Play Matters


What do we think about when we think about play? A pastime? Games? Childish activities? The opposite of work? Play goes beyond games; it is a mode of being human. If we are happy and well rested, we may approach even our daily tasks in a playful way, taking the attitude of play without the activity of play. In this BIT, Miguel Sicart examines the distinction between play and playfulness.

About the Author

Miguel Sicart is Associate Professor at the Center for Computer Game Research at IT University Copenhagen. He is the author of The Ethics of Computer Games and Beyond Choices: The Design of Ethical Gameplay, both published by the MIT Press.