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Cornelius Rosenkrantz
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Under this cryptic title, I post a simple questions:

Does anybody know about academic criticism on the topic of board games?

In other words: Is anybody creating (and publishing) a theory on the evolution of boardgames that defines characteristics and traces its development, as is done in literature theory? For example, by identifying novel ideas, inflection points, genres, aesthetic currents, creative influence, relevancy... (not in what is being successfully marketed but on what is being created).

Maybe this theory can only develop with sufficient historic perspective, and examples, and designer "manifestos". And maybe the results would be very "light". But since board gaming is becoming every day more and more mainstream and diverse, it is logic to expect that we will witness the rise of new game paradigms in real time. Consider the so called "ameritrash" and "eurogames" games, it is obvious that different philosophies lay behind the origin of these games, and in some way one is the answer to another. This is a trivial example of what game criticism should do. Wouldn't be nice to have a gaming translation of the modernism/postmodernism dichotomy laugh?

End of my random thoughts on topic. Everybody is welcome to opine about this red-hot topic of the boardgaming world snore.

PS: By the way, how would a postmodern game look like? Maybe a game where you play a game designer and have to create (and play) games? Maybe a hex&counter wargame powered by a combined auction/worker placement mechanism? Or PuertoRico: the dice game?
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Eugene
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crosenkrantz wrote:
By the way, how would a postmodern game look like?

Cleopatra's Caboose
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You should check out the Cult of the Critical guild.

crosenkrantz wrote:
By the way, how would a postmodern game look like?

Win, Lose, or Banana?
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Dr Caligari
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Peruse the entries in the Board Game Studies Journal, link below. Most of the articles are about history, archaeology, or anthropology and games. A tiny handful are about the topics you mention.



http://www.boardgamestudies.info/

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