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Experimental GamesCritique, Play, and Design in the Age of Gamification$
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Patrick Jagoda

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226629834

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226630038.001.0001

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Experimental Games
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Patrick Jagoda

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226630038.003.0004

This chapter takes up the concept of choice that is central to contemporary economics and the medium of video games. Rational choice theory bases all economic activity on decision-making undertaken by a rational subject. However, nonconscious decision-making informs everything from relations on social media to trades across financial markets. Video games serve as an ideal medium for exploring decision-making. This chapter delves into the limits and possibilities of choice in a digital era, exploring the first-person interactive metafictional game The Stanley Parable (2013), the networked game Moirai (2013), and the role-playing game Undertale (2015). My reading of these games moves from a model of rational decision-making to one of experimental construction of freedom.

Keywords:   choice, conditioning, freedom, genocide, Moirai, network games, priming, rational choice theory, The Stanley Parable, Undertale

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