4-3 | Play Redux: The Form of Computer Games

Book Review

Play Redux: The Form of Computer Games

David Myers
Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2010. Illustrations, notes, references, index.184 pp. $70.00 cloth. ISBN: 9780472050925

by Steven Malliet

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In Play Redux: The Form of Computer Games, David Myers presents a unique and inspiring perspective on game theory and game studies. A formalist, Myers tackles issues that have been sparsely addressed in theoretical frameworks—most notably the works of game theorists Johan Huizinga, Roger Caillois, Torben Grodal, Espen Aarseth, and Brian Sutton-Smith. Myers provides a respectful yet critical assess- ment of these authors’ insights and poses a number of questions that require further investigation. He contends a grasp of the essence of digital game play requires an enhanced formal understanding of the player-game relationship.