7-3 | Literary Gaming

Book Review

Literary Gaming

Astrid Ensslin
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014. Acknowledgments, notes, references, glossary, index. 206 pp. $30.00 cloth. ISBN: 99780262027151

by Timothy J. Welsh

First Paragraph:

Literary Gaming by Astrid Ensslin steps over the tired question of whether video games are art. Instead, it sketches the contours of a specific type of digital game play that places the artistic use of language in the foreground. Ensslin offers a systematic methodology for assessing so-called literary games, which she demonstrates through insightful and nuanced close readings of several exemplary artifacts.