A1 Journal article (refereed)
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 editors: Arjoranta, Jonne

Journal or series: Game Studies: the international journal of computer game research

eISSN: 1604-7982

Publication year: 2022

Volume: 22

Issue number: 3

Publisher: It-universitetet i københavn

Publication country: Denmark

Publication language: English

Persistent website address: http://gamestudies.org/2203/articles/arjoranta_how_are_games_interpreted

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open 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.

Keywords: hermeneutics; games; game research; philosophy of science; meanings (semantics); digital culture

Free keywords: hermeneutics; game hermeneutics; real-time hermeneutics; ludo-hermeneutics; philosophical hermeneutics

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Reporting Year: 2022

Preliminary JUFO rating: 2

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