Bateman to address ‘meaning of play’

The Media School Report • March 29, 2017

What does it mean to play a video game – or any game of make-believe?

Game designer Chris Bateman will address this question at 1 p.m. April 4 in the Franklin Hall commons. The talk is free and open to the public.

Bateman will draw on empirical and philosophical research into 500 million years of play, from early wolves creating new meanings of play to how modern humans create new means of play.

Bateman is an award-winning game developer, and he was the first person in the world to receive a doctorate in the aesthetics qualities of play and games. His most recent book is Wikipedia Knows Nothing, which claims that knowledge is best understood as a practice.

He is a visiting professor at Laguna College of Art and Design and teaches and conducts research at the University of Bolton in the United Kingdom.