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How are Games Interpreted? Hermeneutics for Game Studies (2022)

Arjoranta, J. (2022). How are Games Interpreted? Hermeneutics for Game Studies. Game Studies: the international journal of computer game research, 22(3). http://gamestudies.org/2203/articles/arjoranta_how_are_games_interpreted

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All authors or editorsArjoranta, Jonne

Journal or seriesGame Studies: the international journal of computer game research


Publication year2022


Issue number3

PublisherIt-universitetet i københavn

Publication countryDenmark

Publication languageEnglish

Persistent website addresshttp://gamestudies.org/2203/articles/arjoranta_how_are_games_interpreted

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/85667


This paper presents a hermeneutic theory for game studies. It starts by giving an overview of hermeneutics, shows how in understanding games it is useful to divide hermeneutics into two aspects -- real-time hermeneutics and game hermeneutics -- and finishes by detailing complementary approaches to hermeneutics for games. The article builds upon earlier work in the hermeneutics of games and draws from philosophical hermeneutics.

Keywordshermeneuticsgamesgame researchphilosophy of sciencemeanings (semantics)digital culture

Free keywordshermeneutics; game hermeneutics; real-time hermeneutics; ludo-hermeneutics; philosophical hermeneutics

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Reporting Year2022

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