Friday, March 03, 2006

 

Nothing like a scholarly article to ruin a hobby

http://www.rpgstudies.net/hughes/therapy_is_fantasy.html

This article is somewhat old, in an academic sense (1988), but it is still a bit funny. Basically, it is this long, dry, academic essay about why people play Role-Playing-Games (RPGs). He talks about self efficacy, character as symbol and all that. However, he misses the main reason that most people like RPGs: They are fun! I seriously doubt that too many gamers get deep into the psychology and/or sociology of the game they play, they do it because it's fun. Duh!

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