November 27, 2003
Ludology vs. Narratology: They Will Fight Eternally
In the latest installment of the ludology vs. narratology debate, Gonzalo Frasca says “that’s not an argument! there never was such a debate!” and I say “yes there was!”
Happy Thanksgiving; I’d like to give thanks to the military-academic-industrial complex for general-purpose computing and the Internet.
November 27th, 2003 at 11:44 am
I’m heading out the door to have Thanksgiving at the “source” — Plymouth, MA. I’m already late for the festivities.
November 27th, 2003 at 3:18 pm
Everything I had to say was written on that paper. Thankfully, I won’t fight eternally. Happy Thanksgiving!
December 1st, 2003 at 4:35 pm
This is the first time I have come across the term “ludology”. Who came up with such a terrible term? Every time I read it I think it means “the study of lud[d]ism”.
December 1st, 2003 at 8:20 pm
Gonzalo answers that question in his paper [PDF].
December 2nd, 2003 at 4:32 am
It doesn’t answer my implied question, which was: why ludology? Does the stem “lud” refer to anything? The fourth son of Shem? LUD is the airport code for Luderitz, Namibia. Ludo appears to be a board game of British origins. Ludology seems to be little more than a private joke.
December 2nd, 2003 at 8:05 am
In order to answer your implied question: ludus means game in latin.
December 2nd, 2003 at 2:38 pm
Latin… of course. The ultimate private joke. :)
December 2nd, 2003 at 4:21 pm
In English, the more commonly-used form is ludic.
See, for example, Warren Motte’s Playtexts: Ludics in Contemporary Literature.
February 25th, 2004 at 5:27 pm
Check out Jesper’s latest comments on the topic.
December 5th, 2003 at 10:33 pm
I have a confession to make. I was a teenage grognard. It’s something I’ve long repressed, but Thanksgiving weekend back home I fell off the wagon and I fear there may be no help for it. Deep down I think
September 10th, 2004 at 3:40 pm
Terra Nova has begun snacking on the can of worms recently re-opened by Julian Kucklich’s critique of First Person on EBR.