I am a student in the Masters Program in Sociology at Texas State University-San Marcos. My primary interests are in how the concept of play in Johan Huizinga’s work has built an epistemology, a “spirit” of society that ebbs and flows in its playfulness.
I believe that how we understand the world comes through most clearly when play is involved. The rules we create, the representation of characters, metaphorical representations of familiar circumstances, and more all come into play when game makers create the video games that a portion of the world then plays. The way those things are depicted in video games then affects how we understand and reproduce those ideas.
If this is true, and I see no reason why it would not be, then the world of gaming offers us a significant ability to discern how other areas of the world see their own world, how they see themselves, and how they see us. To study the inner workings of video games is to study the inner workings of groupthink, that shape of things that comes out a myriad of voices all talking about the same thing.
That is what I will talk about with this blog. I will try and leave references and various pieces for further reading about my own impulses and my own paradigmatic posturing. If you have any questions, you can find me on Twitter or E-Mail or any of the ways listed below.
Xbox: A Ham Plan
Steam: A Gentleman