The Beautiful Rule: Thinking the Aesthetics of Game Rules

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This paper introduces a model for analyzing the aesthetic value of game rules. Drawing on Nguyen's theory of agential aesthetics, this paper argues that the aesthetic value of a rule is related to the ways in which it contains modalities of agency. Using football's (soccer) offside rule as a case study, this article provides a way of thinking about the aesthetics of game rules.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGames and Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2023


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