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Title: The pleasure of the system : cybernetic feedback loops and flow in video games
Other Titles: Seeking the embodied mind in video game theory : embodiment in cybernetics, flow, and rule structures
Authors: Harvey, Alison
First Published: 2009
Publisher: Canadian Game Studies Association
Citation: Loading... Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association, 2009, 3 (4)
Abstract: This paper explores the mobilization of classic cybernetic research and flow theory within video game theory, particularly in relation to their conceptualizations of the mind and the body. Through a consideration of rule structures, meaningful play, and the magic circle in video game play, the systematic and structural considerations of cybernetics are contrasted with the study of pleasure and immersion in flow theory. Through these analyses, this paper considers whether the use of cybernetics and flow serves to epistemologically emphasize or displace the body in a medium that has been argued by Lahti (2003) to induce not simply cognitive but bodily pleasures.
ISSN: 1923-2691
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the author, 2009. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Media and Communication

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