Espen Aarseth holds that gameplay, not Lara Croft?s physique, should command the attention of an evolving game studies.
First Person, second section: What is Ludology? Editors Pat Harrigan and Noah Wardrip-Fruin see a disciplinary shift away from ill-advised analogies toward analyses of the gaming situation itself.
Cyberpractitioner Diane Gromala celebrates virtual immersion's unsteady body-knowledge.
"Playing with play," John Cayley sets ludology on an even playing field with literature, but without literary scholarship's over-reliance on 'story,' 'closure,' and 'pleasure.'
Over 800 pages, the New Media Reader does not exhaust its subject; it even sets the stage for a companion volume.