Lecture 1.1: Homo Ludens and Beyond

In this video prof. dr. Sybille Lammes discusses the history of the study of play and game studies, providing an overview of various scholars who have defined the concept of play over the last century, from Johan Huizinga and beyond!


Lecture 1.2: Past-Play as an Experience

In this video Angus introduces the concept of games as experiences and explains how auto-ethnography can be used to understand and share these experiences.

Let’s Play: Gone Home

In this section of the Past at Play course we are playing Gone Home, and discussing the concept of recent past, play and walking simulators, and shaping of recent memories!


Huizinga, Homo Ludens, “Foreword” & “I: Nature and Significance of Play as a Cultural Phenomenon” (p. 1-27) http://art.yale.edu/file_columns/0000/1474/homo_ludens_johan_huizinga_routledge_1949_.pdf

MDA-paper by Hunicke et al.: MDA: A Formal Approach to Game Design and Game Research https://www.aaai.org/Papers/Workshops/2004/WS-04-04/WS04-04-001.pdf

Play: Replay a game from your own childhood

For this week’s play activity you will have to play a game from your own childhood! You can interpret this in any way you want, it can be a game played outside, a board game, a video game, a game you played with friends or alone.

Write: First Vignette

Write a 300 words vignette based on the game from your childhood you played. For information on how to write a vignette see here.



Sybille’s Cleveringa Lecture ‘ Play in Times of Confinement’