Now It's Personal: On Abusive Game Design

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In this paper, we introduce the concept of abusive game design as
an attitude towards creating games – an aesthetic practice that
operates as a critique of certain conventionalisms in popular game
design wisdom. We emphasize that abusive game design is, at its
core, about spotlighting the dialogic relation between player and
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFuture Play Conference Proceedings
Number of pages8
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication dateMay 2010
Publication statusPublished - May 2010


  • abusive game design
  • game aesthetics
  • player-designer dialogue
  • game design critique
  • conventional game design


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