Month: November 2021

From the vault

Years ago I wrote an article that speculated on a “literary turn” for games that were raising the stakes in terms of emotional and moral complexity. I added that the same trend was an opportunity to direct the 21st century insights from cognitive science and social psychology toward a better understanding of how literary games work (and play) with our own minds – moving beyond the more common emphases of cultivating visuospatial intelligence or regimes of competence around game-based learning.

It is heartening to see this article by award-winning journalist Caren Chesler in the popular press, published in Undark Magazine and the Daily Beast, which cites some recent research along these lines, but makes a nod all the way back to my 2007 article in Dichtung Digital. One from the vault indeed.