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February 2006

Only a Game: Na na na na na na na na na Katamari Analysis

Katamari Damacy = [N] x [V] [N] = Katamari (avatar) Objects [V] = Roll Clump (Quick Turn) (Dash) (Look) (Map) [N/N] (adjectives) = Size/Katamari Size/Object

January 2006

Only a Game: The Rituals of Alea

Games designers have a tendency to overlook or dismiss alea (chance), although in cultural terms it is a highly significant class of games. The global video games industry has around $28,000 million turnover, whereas the global gambling industry is worth a staggering $1,098,000 million, forty times as much.

November 2005

Only a Game: A Game Design Grammar

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What does it mean to talk of a grammar of game design? And does specifying such a grammar give us an insight into the underlying structure of games, or a new method for approaching game design - or both? Because games vary from pure mathematical formalisms (at the ludic extreme) to behavioural descriptions (at the opposite extreme), any formal reductionistic system will either be focused primarily on the former, or require sufficient latitude to express practically infinite diversity. One such approach is to define a categorial grammar of game design.