7-3 | Varieties of the Gaming Experience

Book Review

Varieties of the Gaming Experience

Robert Perinbanayagam
New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2014. Preface, introduction, references, index. 160 pp. $49.95 cloth. ISBN: 9781412854719

by Talmadge Wright

First Paragraph:

Following in the tradition of Symbolic Interaction, Perinbanayagam’s new book, Varieties of Gaming Experience, blends an analysis of the historical nature of games with their significance for religious mythology as well as secular identities. Divided into chapters titled, “The Pragmatics of Games,” “Champions and Renouncers,” “The Play of Emotions,” “Dramas of Identity,” “A Logos in the Text,” and “The Endgame,” this book works to expand our definition of gaming from one focused on a simple textual reading to one incorporating a historical understanding of religious tradition and its impact on players’ game experiences.