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2011 | 1(3) | 95-102
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Gry wideo i kultura autentyczności

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VIDEOGAMES AND THE CULTURE OF AUTHENTICITY
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An important result of analyzing video games as a means of communication is the identification of a mechanism for immediately verifying a player's interpretation. Each success or failure of an action is a proof of correct understanding, or a lack of it. At the same time, the interactive character of video games creates the illusion of the uniqueness of a player's choices: the impression that each gamer establishes a distinct, yet valid path towards the conclusion, based on their interpretation of the game's messages. Such an approach reveals an important component of the pleasures given by playing a game: reassuring the player about her skills as a reader of those messages, as measured by the game's systems of evaluation. This self-centered aspect of gaming seems to be connected with the modern culture of authenticity, as identified by Charles Taylor. Its key feature is to stress self-realization as the ultimate goal of human existence. Although this aspiration should be based on an individually created, bricolaged ethical code, its central values are rooted in a common understanding of moral principles. Each individual simply chooses a set of values to practice, based on the interpretation of their social position, needs and ends. To live a life is to choose a unique and valid moral path from the myriad options. This remark allows us to infer certain similarities between the practice of gaming and the widespread ethical principle: the videogame as a miniature model of a good life, a necessary aspect of today's culture.
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95-102
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ARTICLE
Contributors
  • Tomasz Z. Majkowski, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, Wydzial Fizyki, Astronomii i Informatyki Stosowanej, Zakladzie Technologii Gier, ul. Reymonta 4, 30-059 Krakow, Poland
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Publication order reference
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CEJSH db identifier
11PLAAAA10129
YADDA identifier
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