The Aesthetic Motives of Play

  • Chris Bateman
Part of the Socio-Affective Computing book series (SAC, volume 4)


Why do people enjoy playing games? The answer, in its most general form, is that there are aesthetic pleasures offered by games and other play experiences that meet powerful and profound human and animal needs. As such, we can identify specific aesthetic motives of play, and one of the clearest ways of characterizing these motives is in terms of the emotional experiences associated with them.


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  • Chris Bateman
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  1. 1.University of BoltonBoltonUK
  2. 2.International HoboManchesterUK

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