CfP: Special issue of Well Played Journal, edited by John Sharp and focusing on the theories of well played

CfP: a special issue of Well Played, edited by John Sharp and focusing on the theories of well played.

As Well Played has matured as a book series and journal, inevitable questions have arose: What does it mean to be well played? By what criteria? By whose criteria? And for whom, and to what end?

ETC Press is accepting submissions for this special issue of the Well Played journal.
All submissions for v2n2 are due 14 January 2013 (5pm (EST).

John Sharp, co-director of the PETlab ( at Parsons the New School for Design, is editing this special issue, and encourages contributors to submit essays addressing questions around well played and its reportage.

More after the jump

All submissions and questions should be sent to:
drew ( at ) andrew ( dot ) cmu ( dot ) edu

For more information and formatting guidelines, visit:

The Well Played Journal is a forum for in-depth close readings of video games that parse out the various meanings to be found in the experience of playing a game. It is a reviewed journal open to submissions that will be released on a regular basis.

Contributors are encouraged to analyze sequences in a game in detail in order to illustrate and interpret how the various components of a game can come together to create a fulfilling playing experience unique to this medium. Through contributors, the journal will provide a variety of perspectives on the value of games.

The goal of the journal is to continue developing and defining a literacy of games as well as a sense of their value as an experience. Video games are a complex medium that merits careful interpretation and insightful analysis. By inviting contributors to look closely at video games and the experience of playing them, we hope to expand the discussion, and show how games are well played in a variety of ways.

The ETC Press is an academic and open-source publishing imprint that distributes its work in print, electronic and digital form. Inviting readers to contribute to and create versions of each publication, ETC Press fosters a community of collaborative authorship and dialogue across media. ETC Press represents an experiment and an evolution in publishing, bridging virtual and physical media to redefine the future of publication.

ISSN 2164-344X (Print)
ISSN 2164-3458 (Online)

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