THE MAGIC CIRCLE:
PRINCIPLES OF GAMING & SIMULATION
Jan H. G. Klabbers KMPC, The Netherlands [ebook]
The purpose of this unique book is to present principles underlying the design and use of gaming and simulation. This frame-of-reference will enlighten the characteristics of particular games and simulations from a common perspective.The author pays less attention to instrumental reasoning than to methodological questions. The main reason for choosing this road is the lack of a robust methodology that underpins gaming and simulation methods. Gaming and simulation are more than methods and tools. They are firstly a way of thinking, and secondly, a method and a technique.
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Jan Klabbers was my teacher at the last three ISAGA Summerschools and lives in The Netherlands. He is one of the most skillfull persons about the design of simulations and games in the academic world. See www.isaga.info
He also recommends one of the best books ever written about games from the Dutch Historian Johan Huizinga. His legendary book: Homo Ludens