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Play Anything The Pleasure of Limits the Uses of Boredom and the Secret of Games How filling life with play whether soccer or lawn mowing counting sheep or tossing Angry Birds forges a new path for creativity and joy in our impatient ageLife is boring filled with meetings and tra

  • Title: Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games
  • Author: Ian Bogost
  • ISBN: 9780465051724
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games By Ian Bogost, How filling life with play whether soccer or lawn mowing, counting sheep or tossing Angry Birds forges a new path for creativity and joy in our impatient ageLife is boring filled with meetings and traffic, errands and emails Nothing we d ever call fun But what if we ve gotten fun wrong In Play Anything, visionary game designer and philosopher Ian Bogost shows how we caHow filling life with play whether soccer or lawn mowing, counting sheep or tossing Angry Birds forges a new path for creativity and joy in our impatient ageLife is boring filled with meetings and traffic, errands and emails Nothing we d ever call fun But what if we ve gotten fun wrong In Play Anything, visionary game designer and philosopher Ian Bogost shows how we can overcome our daily anxiety transforming the boring, ordinary world around us into one of endless, playful possibilities.The key to this playful mindset lies in discovering the secret truth of fun and games Play Anything, reveals that games appeal to us not because they are fun, but because they set limitations Soccer wouldn t be soccer if it wasn t composed of two teams of eleven players using only their feet, heads, and torsos to get a ball into a goal Tetris wouldn t be Tetris without falling pieces in characteristic shapes Such rules seem needless, arbitrary, and difficult Yet it is the limitations that make games enjoyable, just like it s the hard things in life that give it meaning.Play is what happens when we accept these limitations, narrow our focus, and, consequently, have fun Which is also how to live a good life Manipulating a soccer ball into a goal is no different than treating ordinary circumstances like grocery shopping, lawn mowing, and making PowerPoints as sources for meaning and joy We can play anything by filling our days with attention and discipline, devotion and love for the world as it really is, beyond our desires and fears.Ranging from Internet culture to moral philosophy, ancient poetry to modern consumerism, Bogost shows us how today s chaotic world can only be tamed and enjoyed when we first impose boundaries on ourselves.

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    1. Ian Bogost s Play Anything is a book about how play emerges from the limits in the world around us Ian introduces the world as a giant playground waiting to be discovered, ironoia as the mistrust of things and thus a barrier to emergent play, fun as the novelty and play as emergent quality of things not of us, individuals , and discusses emergent fun as an opposite of happiness Overall, this is the worst book I ve read from Ian Bogost there is little structure, much negative tone without much lo [...]

    2. Don t books have editors any This one certainly needed another pass or two with a red pencil.Look, Bogost is clearly a smart guy, and has some interesting insights into game design And there are definite flashes of brilliance here, especially in his chapter on the concept of ironoia Unfortunately, most of the book is an unfocused mess, with a tone that shifts wildly from pop culture drivel a la Malcolm Gladwell to a deep dive into advanced programming It s supposed to offer me amazing insights [...]

    3. Unexpectedly gripping fascinating worthwhile A lot of the big players in my personal canon were put into conversation e.g DFW x video game design I m totally, one hundred percent convinced by Bogost and I can already feel the book subtly changing the way I live Two things I want to critique, though 1 I want a better argument for why his approach isn t susceptible to the same critique he turns against gamification i.e that it s sugar coating for shitty things He critiques the sugar coating, but t [...]

    4. This is a thought provoking book that I really wanted to like than I did Bogost is an important figure at the interface of game studies and philosophy that I desperately wish people in ludo musicology would heed Scholars of ludomusicology loosely, game music studies focus exclusively on large scale console video games, thereby excluding all of the other ways that games play and music intersect But I digress Despite this book s many merits, I found the tone and the examples that he uses to be re [...]

    5. The absence of politics particularly anything even remotely resembling class politics is than conspicuous Bogost claims that we look down our nose at Walmart and McDonalds because we mistake familiarity for a lack of authenticity 52f But most of us recognize that something else is at work in these examples there is virtually no mention of what kind of company Walmart is, what kind of people shop there, or how Walmart shoppers figure in our rhetoric and cultural imagination Bogost implores us to [...]

    6. I m not sure I learned anything from this book I was looking forward to a primer on how to make life playful I am perpetually pingponging between being way too stimulated and way too bored but it did not reveal too much about how to reify playfulness in everyday life There are a lot of extended meditations on irony, insincerity, consumption, etc but, as I began to suspect halfway in, it s one of those change your way of thinking books, not an implement a way of thinking books, making it distinc [...]

    7. Whenever I was reading this book, the time always went faster than I expected, and I read further than intended, which is a nod to how well Bogost keeps his writing interesting, unexpected, and worthwhile Moments in the book become a bit too self involved, in that a reader is hammered over and over with an invented term, or a simplistic example overused Bogost can be excused for this as his broader evaluation of our world, and his motivations in sharing a perspective of play, is ultimately rewar [...]

    8. This isn t a book about how to improve your life by dealing with boredom in constructive ways, it s a book about unhappiness and how powerless we usually are to change it If I had known that going in, I might have liked this book better, but it s poorly packaged and VERY poorly organized All the best parts of this book are cribbed from interesting and established writers the book feels like a very long blog post.

    9. Here s what I took from this Ian Bogost offers guidance for navigating the banality of life, without veering into irony He suggests drawing a magic circle around particular situations or things, then treating these things as a playground You can play at lawn care, or play an errand at the mall, just as one would play soccer or Tetris This is distinct from gamification You should deal with the situation or object as it is leaning into it rather than disguising it to make the experience seem less [...]

    10. I don t often find books that I can t finish, but this was one of them I got into around the 2nd chapter before I completely gave up I even tried promising myself to read a book I had been waiting for but only after I finished this didn t work, I just didn t want to pick this book up again The writing felt disorganized to me, jumping from one place to another and not connecting the dots between them Maybe the content is good, but I just can t find the main ideas of the chapters It s all too mudd [...]

    11. I couldn t keep going after only 1 1 2 chapters Just a long ramble, and not very interesting I just can t figure out what his point was going to be He talks about irony in play, and about fun , but the irony of this book is that it s just no fun to read I m moving on to something else

    12. Para un libro que habla de juego y maneras de aprender a trav s de l, este libro se qued corto en estrategias Y no me refiero a que fuera o no divertido no lo fue , pero como el libro mismo lo dice, una cosa es juego, otra cosa es diversi n y muy pocos pueden diferenciar entre uno y otro No me tomen a mal, el libro tiene una buena intenci n y es demostrar que jugando se aprende mejor, puede que no mucho m s que con otras t cnicas, pero ayuda a muchas personas a cruzar esa barrera de aprendizaje [...]

    13. I knew going in that this book was going to be philosophical, since I watched the author speak at Google Turned out to be basically only philosophical and not much The ideas were thought provoking, but the tone has a kind of negativity to it that turned me off a bit.Whenever I m reading non fiction, I kind of groan inside whenever the author launches into the examples they provide for their concepts Bogost tends to drag on with the examples as filler, and cites them again, and again, and again [...]

    14. I heard the author on CBC and thought the book sounded interesting It was a bit of a let down The book is very repetitive and mostly theory I had hoped to be able to translate the info into a new approach for myself to diet and exercise But the info was too abstract and academic to be a good read or of much practical use.

    15. This books contains words, sometimes those words will be arranged in sentence form, do not be fooled those sentences will not contain information Okay, so maybe it s not that bad, but this should have been something I liked, but it was awful instead with just a few redeeming spots Just read the last chapter The Opposite of Happiness Hidden in here are some good points not using irony to detach ourselves from the world, accepting things for what they are rather than for what we wish them to be, a [...]

    16. You know, not my favorite.This is another pitch for mindfulness, a philosophy toward which I am unshakably grouchy Do the laundry WITHOUT listening to a podcast you ll find enjoyment Grumble grumble I m not being fair Ian Bogost offers some interesting points on the topic of ironoia the mistrust of things He suggests we move beyond the comfortable practice of distancing ourselves from the world toward acceptance and curiosity Kind of like, Ask not what your lawnmower can do for you, but what yo [...]

    17. Boring, shallow and repetitive Spends too much time using DFW as a sort of straw man cod philosopher, and returns to the same examples over, and over again.

    18. I wasn t prepared for how philosophic metaphysical this book would turn out to be Just on the the title and with no previous experience with the author, I thought it would be a few clever tips on how to game myself into doing boring work, but it was much deeper than that I found myself reevaluating my life through the lens he provides and it was a fresh and welcomed perspective A little disjointed but well worth the read.

    19. I had a friend in high school who would get very philosophic when he got high Most of it was babble, but every now and again he would actually say something deep That was this book Could have been great, but very esoteric and meandering There were individual points that I enjoyed and appreciated Just need an editor with a stronger hand.

    20. I did not finish this It was written above my reading level Or maybe I was too tired to read it The basic idea, as I understood it, seemed helpful But I think I would have enjoyed an essay in the New Yorker by the author All the same though I think this is a book my brother and other people smarter than me in certain ways would love.

    21. It feels like the whole book is just like, everything is a playground Instead of looking at work as work, look at it as play But then it doesn t really say how to do that.

    22. Interesting take on how constraints drive play and how they are necessary for play to happen How play creates meaning and how important play is in case we are forget.

    23. A decent 236 page book that would have been a great long form essay Kids know how to take the world as it is and make a game of it Adults should be like kids.

    24. Such a joy to read something against the all consuming wave of irony that engulfs culture these days Here Bogost creates a concept ironoia, the fear of things to illustrate how hipster culture works to distance itself from real experiences From there on, he proceeds to deconstruct a lot of staples in modern culture, such as mindfulness, the magic art of tidying up yes, that Mary Kondo book shows up here , and even David Foster Wallace s commencement speech I won t spoil it, but Bogost basically [...]

    25. Not doing what we want, but doing what we can with what is given If you are looking for a lifehack to game ify your existence, this book will disappoint If you are looking for a thoughtful critique of the ironization of American culture, or a push back against the This is Water pseudo Buddhist self reliance that permeates much of popular philosophy in the US, this book is worth playing with Existence precedes essence, and yet in each moment we face a myriad of external limits Play is not freedom [...]

    26. A fun read, Ian Bogost does not try to talk over your head but brings things down t earth with real life anecdotes and stories that speak to everyday opportunities to embrace the creative spirit A book not just for creativity fans, but for teachers and mental health therapists who are working with the I m bored kiddo.

    27. Play Anything gives an early shout out to Jane McGonigal s Reality Is Broken, and in many ways this book is a reply to McGonigal s line of thought Bogost s viewpoint is that reality is just fine the way it is, but applying the idea of play to it helps you sort through how reality works and make the most of the options it offers To Bogost, play is a response to the environment that helps you decipher and control it.That s an interesting and occasionally useful viewpoint, but like McGonigal Bogost [...]

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