Playful Thinking

Playful Thinking is a series of short, readable and argumentative books that share some playfulness and excitement with the games that they are about. The basic assumption is simple: video games are such a flourishing medium that any new perspective on them is likely to show us something unseen or forgotten, including those from such “unconventional” voices as artists, philosophers, or specialists in other industries or fields of study.

Series editor: Jesper Juul, Geoffrey Long, William Uricchio, and Mia Consalvo

The Beauty of Games

Frank Lantz

Oct 03, 2023

Mainstreaming and Game Journalism

David B. Nieborg, Maxwell Foxman

Aug 29, 2023

The Stuff Games Are Made Of

Pippin Barr

Aug 01, 2023

Repairing Play

Aaron Trammell

Feb 07, 2023

Player vs. Monster

Jaroslav Švelch

Feb 07, 2023

Treacherous Play

Marcus Carter

Feb 01, 2022

Making Games

Stefan Werning

Feb 16, 2021

Ambient Play

Larissa Hjorth, Ingrid Richardson

Sep 15, 2020

Play like a Feminist.

Shira Chess

Aug 18, 2020

Achievement Relocked

Geoffrey Engelstein

Feb 18, 2020

Real Games

Mia Consalvo, Christopher A. Paul

Oct 01, 2019

Fun, Taste, & Games

John Sharp, David Thomas

Mar 12, 2019

Playing Smart

Julian Togelius

Jan 15, 2019

Play Matters

Miguel Sicart

Oct 27, 2017

How Games Move Us

Katherine Isbister

Oct 27, 2017

The Art of Failure

Jesper Juul

Sep 02, 2016

Works of Game

John Sharp

Mar 06, 2015

Uncertainty in Games

Greg Costikyan

Jan 30, 2015