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The Ludologist

My name is Jesper Juul, and I am a ludologist [Noun. Video Game Researcher]. This is my blog on game research and other important things.

Last Build Date: Sat, 07 Apr 2018 06:10:04 +0000


How to sue a cloner

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 20:01:59 +0000

The question of cloning usually leads to great agitation, and I’ve written about the technical issues of what is legal before. I think I am in the minority for believing that weak copyright protections are preferable to strong ones, but I do believe that strong copyright protections would eventually lead to all game genres effectively … Continue reading "How to sue a cloner"

The Impossibility of the Internet of Things

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:37:02 +0000

XKCD is right: The Internet of Things is not going to work, as long as there is no guarantee of security updates, which there won’t be. (I will start posting more.)

Appy to the Visual Game and Media Design Master’s program in Copenhagen, deadline March 1st

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:33:10 +0000

This is for the program that I run in Copenhagen. Join us! Apply to the Visual Game and Media Design Master’s program at KADK in Copenhagen. The Application deadline for the 2018-2020 class is March 1st.  The application process is now open for the Visual Game And Media Design master’s program at KADK – the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in Copenhagen. This is a … Continue reading "Appy to the Visual Game and Media Design Master’s program in Copenhagen, deadline March 1st"

American Journal of Play 10.1

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 12:49:39 +0000

For your intellectual stimulation, American Journal of Play Volume 10, Number 1.  Editor’s Note The New Video Game History Interview Collecting, Preserving, and Interpreting the History of Electronic Games: An Interview with Jon-Paul C. Dyson Overview Only> Full Text> Articles New…Now?: Or Why a Design History of Coin-op Video Game Machines Raiford Guins Abstract Only> Full Text> Ronnie, … Continue reading "American Journal of Play 10.1"

Open call for PhD projects at KADK in Copenhagen

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:40:42 +0000

At KADK in Copenhagen, we are posting a call for PhD applications for 2018, with deadline January 12, 2018. This is an open call which can include, of course, games. A game PhD would be located with the research group of Visual Media. We are interested in candidates with strong research interests of their own. KADK is … Continue reading "Open call for PhD projects at KADK in Copenhagen"

Kinephanos issue: It’s [not just] in the game

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:16:52 +0000

For your theoretical dissection. Kinephanos special issue: “It’s [not just] in the game”: the promotional context of video games / le contexte promotionnel des jeux vidéo Volume 7, Issue 1, November 2017 / Volume 7, numéro 1, novembre 2017 Edited by / Dirigé par Ed Vollans, Stephanie Janes, Carl Therrien & Dominic Arsenault Introduction: “It’s [not … Continue reading "Kinephanos issue: It’s [not just] in the game"

Game-playing, from Submission to Creation

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:41:07 +0000

I keep returning to this question: When we play a game, are we free –  or are we prisoners of the game rules? Here is Playing, my contribution to Henry Lowood and Raiford Guins’ wonderful Debugging Game History collection. In the piece I argue that there are four main conceptions of the act of game-playing, going … Continue reading "Game-playing, from Submission to Creation"

ToDIGRA special issue, 1st DiGRA and FDG conference

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:36:23 +0000

For your theoretical consumption: Special Issue, 1st Joint International Conference of DIGRA and FDG Introduction PDF Ashley Brown, Rafael Bidarra No-one Plays Alone PDF Chris Bateman “Ruinensehnsucht”: Longing for Decay in Computer Games PDF Mathias Fuchs Creative Communities: Shaping Process through Performance and Play PDF Lynn Parker, Dayna Galloway Playful Fandom: Gaming, Media and the … Continue reading "ToDIGRA special issue, 1st DiGRA and FDG conference"

Well Played volume 6 number 3

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 07:51:42 +0000

For your theoretical delectation: Well Played: volume 6 number 3 Agency, Identity, Sex, Gender, and Pokémon Go Allison Bannister So Close You Can Feel Her Prostitution, Proximity & Empathy in Grand Theft Auto 5 Elena Bertozzi, Amelia Bertozzi-Villa Learning at the Farm Developmental Psychology in Peekaboo Barn Carly A. Kocurek, Jennifer L. Miller Taking Over the … Continue reading "Well Played volume 6 number 3"

Game Studies Vol 17, Issue 1

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 09:48:19 +0000

For your theoretical delight, a new issue of Game Studies. Game Studies: The International Journal of Computer Game Research has just published its latest issue (Volume 17, Issue 1, July 2017). All articles are available at    Articles Watching People Is Not a Game: Interactive Online Corporeality, and Videogame Streams by Sky LaRell Anderson … Continue reading "Game Studies Vol 17, Issue 1"