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Life Is a Game

By Edward Castronova
  • ISBN Code: : 1501359169
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Pages : 240
  • Category : Social Science
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What if life is a game? Are you winning? Have you even decided what 'winning' is? Game design could be defined in many ways, but here the term is used to denote the practice of creating choices. Designing a game, in this sense, involves crafting limits, rewards, incentives, and risks in such a way that the person who interacts with the game – the player – makes choices that have consequences. Edward Castronova urges readers to think about the fundamentals of the human condition and compare them to different games that we all know. In some ways, life is like an idle game: providing unchallenging distractions that fit easily into a person's daily routine. In other ways, life is like the game Minesweeper: You poke in different places to learn about what you don't know, taking care to avoid big explosions. Or, life is like a role-playing game: You adopt a persona and speak your part, always seeking adventure. Bringing together questions relating to diverse fields – such as politics, economics, sociology and philosophy - Castronova persuades readers to broaden the scope of game design to answer questions about life's everyday obstacles. The object of this book is to take seriously the idea that life is a game. The goal is not to make readers wealthier or healthier. Its goal is to go on a journey into the human condition, with game design as a guide.

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  • Pdf File: life-is-a-game.pdf

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DJ Con presents and explains his beliefs and theories as well as the concepts of astrology and numerology as he shares his journey to spiritual enlightenment. As a seeker of the truth, DJ Con offers insight into the lessons he gained from a wide variety of personal experiences throughout his lifetime. By offering a fresh perspective on how he learned to stop visualizing life from a materialistic point of view and began moving to a spiritual awakening, he allows others to envision a world of unlimited possibilities and new beginnings. DJ Con passes on the wisdom and inspiration he acquired from each life experience, and in doing so, he sheds light on such introspective issues as battling with negative energy, developing an awareness of the deep energies inside, releasing anger and life’s expectations, and living consciously and intensely in the present moment. Through sharing the often intimate details of his challenging spiritual journey, DJ Con reveals exactly how he eventually reached a destination so peaceful, alive, clear, and vibrant that he is now able to exist in the here and now, achieving a level of awareness that once seemed impossible. May his journey inspire yours!

Seven Games: A Human History

By Oliver Roeder
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  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Book Code : 1324003782
  • Total of Pages : 326
  • Category : History
  • Members : 537
  • Pdf File: seven-games.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A group biography of seven enduring and beloved games, and the story of why—and how—we play them. Checkers, backgammon, chess, and Go. Poker, Scrabble, and bridge. These seven games, ancient and modern, fascinate millions of people worldwide. In Seven Games, Oliver Roeder charts their origins and historical importance, the delightful arcana of their rules, and the ways their design makes them pleasurable. Roeder introduces thrilling competitors, such as evangelical minister Marion Tinsley, who across forty years lost only three games of checkers; Shusai, the Master, the last Go champion of imperial Japan, defending tradition against “modern rationalism”; and an IBM engineer who created a backgammon program so capable at self-learning that NASA used it on the space shuttle. He delves into the history and lore of each game: backgammon boards in ancient Egypt, the Indian origins of chess, how certain shells from a particular beach in Japan make the finest white Go stones. Beyond the cultural and personal stories, Roeder explores why games, seemingly trivial pastimes, speak so deeply to the human soul. He introduces an early philosopher of games, the aptly named Bernard Suits, and visits an Oxford cosmologist who has perfected a computer that can effectively play bridge, a game as complicated as human language itself. Throughout, Roeder tells the compelling story of how humans, pursuing scientific glory and competitive advantage, have invented AI programs better than any human player, and what that means for the games—and for us. Funny, fascinating, and profound, Seven Games is a story of obsession, psychology, history, and how play makes us human.

Virtual Economies

By Vili Lehdonvirta,Edward Castronova
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  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Book Code : 026232332X
  • Total of Pages : 306
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 784
  • Pdf File: virtual-economies.pdf

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How the basic concepts of economics—including markets, institutions, and money—can be used to create and analyze economies based on virtual goods. In the twenty-first-century digital world, virtual goods are sold for real money. Digital game players happily pay for avatars, power-ups, and other game items. But behind every virtual sale, there is a virtual economy, simple or complex. In this book, Vili Lehdonvirta and Edward Castronova introduce the basic concepts of economics into the game developer's and game designer's toolkits. Lehdonvirta and Castronova explain how the fundamentals of economics—markets, institutions, and money—can be used to create or analyze economies based on artificially scarce virtual goods. They focus on virtual economies in digital games, but also touch on serious digital currencies such as Bitcoin as well as virtual economies that emerge in social media around points, likes, and followers. The theoretical emphasis is on elementary microeconomic theory, with some discussion of behavioral economics, macroeconomics, sociology of consumption, and other social science theories relevant to economic behavior. Topics include the rational choice model of economic decision making; information goods versus virtual goods; supply, demand, and market equilibrium; monopoly power; setting prices; and externalities. The book will enable developers and designers to create and maintain successful virtual economies, introduce social scientists and policy makers to the power of virtual economies, and provide a useful guide to economic fundamentals for students in other disciplines.

Lost in a Good Game

By Pete Etchells
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  • Publisher : Icon Books
  • Book Code : 1785785060
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 816
  • Pdf File: lost-in-a-good-game.pdf

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'Etchells writes eloquently ... A heartfelt defence of a demonised pastime' The Times 'Once in an age, a piece of culture comes along that feels like it was specifically created for you, the beats and words and ideas are there because it is your life the creator is describing. Lost In A Good Game is exactly that. It will touch your heart and mind. And even if Bowser, Chun-li or Q-Bert weren't crucial parts of your youth, this is a flawless victory for everyone' Adam Rutherford When Pete Etchells was 14, his father died from motor neurone disease. In order to cope, he immersed himself in a virtual world - first as an escape, but later to try to understand what had happened. Etchells is now a researcher into the psychological effects of video games, and was co-author on a recent paper explaining why WHO plans to classify ‘game addiction’ as a danger to public health are based on bad science and (he thinks) are a bad idea. In this, his first book, he journeys through the history and development of video games - from Turing’s chess machine to mass multiplayer online games like World of Warcraft- via scientific study, to investigate the highs and lows of playing and get to the bottom of our relationship with games - why we do it, and what they really mean to us. At the same time, Lost in a Good Game is a very unusual memoir of a writer coming to terms with his grief via virtual worlds, as he tries to work out what area of popular culture we should classify games (a relatively new technology) under.

Exodus to the Virtual World

By Edward Castronova
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  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Book Code : 9780230608610
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 223
  • Pdf File: exodus-to-the-virtual-world.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Virtual worlds have exploded out of online game culture and now capture the attention of millions of ordinary people: husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, workers, retirees. Devoting dozens of hours each week to massively multiplayer virtual reality environments (like World of Warcraft and Second Life), these millions are the start of an exodus into the refuge of fantasy, where they experience life under a new social, political, and economic order built around fun. Given the choice between a fantasy world and the real world, how many of us would choose reality? Exodus to the Virtual World explains the growing migration into virtual reality, and how it will change the way we live--both in fantasy worlds and in the real one.

How to Play the Hand Life Has Dealt

By Tiffany Jackson
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  • Publisher : Tiffany Jackson
  • Book Code : 1948339579
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Books
  • Members : 857
  • Pdf File: how-to-play-the-hand-life-has-dealt.pdf

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A Guide to Success. This book presents you with a guideline for achieving success, confronting self-doubt and disconnecting from mediocrity. In life, it is not about how you start, but how you finish. You have the power to finish strong just as long as you don’t give up and quit

Island Game of Modern Life

By Himanshu Kumar Sah
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  • Publisher : Notion Press
  • Book Code : 9386009226
  • Total of Pages : 258
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 366
  • Pdf File: island-game-of-modern-life.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Sukesh, Sanchita, Kapil and Siddhant die and go to Yamlok, where they meet Yamraj. Yamraj gives them one last chance to become alive again, and they can go back to earth, if they win the game: Island Game of Modern Life. The winner will be resurrected to life and could start life from where it ended. What was the game and who wins? What is a modern life? Is it really true that after people die, Yamraj gives one last chance to them to become alive again?

Real Life: This is not a Game

By Nathan Nobis
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  • Publisher : Open Philosophy Press
  • Book Code : 1521967105
  • Total of Pages : 31
  • Category : Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Members : 427
  • Pdf File: real-life.pdf

Book Short Summary:

"Real Life: This is not a Game - Personal Finance for Young Adults" is a learning activity for young people about income and expenses, needs and wants and the jobs and careers needed to pay for daily life and beyond. It introduces kids and young adults to some basic concerns about personal finance: making money, paying bills, and more. Real life, hopefully, is full of lots of fun and exciting and special activities and events with family and friends, and just by yourself sometimes. But real life happens in the foreground of ordinary daily life. And lots of daily life is pretty ordinary stuff that many people often take for granted and don’t notice: living somewhere, sleeping somewhere, eating, deciding what to wear, not getting too hot or cold, and having some fun and relaxation too, among much more. For most adults, daily life happens because they have a job. They go usually somewhere (or they work from home), about 5 days a week, often for about 8 hours a day (or more!), to do work to get paid money so that they can pay for what they need and, sometimes, want for daily life. This is a game to introduce young people to what’s involved in daily life, specifically paying for what’s needed for daily life. What people need for daily life isn’t free - they have to pay for it, with money -- and money doesn’t grow on trees: nearly always, people have to work for it. This game focuses on expenses of daily living. This game involves a lot of internet research and fact finding: how much do the things required for daily life cost? And how much money does someone typically earn at different jobs? And it involves some basic math: what can someone afford, given a particular income (money earned) at a particular job? Thinking about these issues, and becoming aware of them, will help you get prepared for thinking about other financial (that is, money-related) questions, specifically those related to college and jobs. Real life is not a game!

Life Lessons From Solitaire

By E.J. Lewis
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  • Publisher : Covenant Books, Inc.
  • Book Code : 1636303579
  • Total of Pages : 36
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 532
  • Pdf File: life-lessons-from-solitaire.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Life is a game which offers many challenges. Solitaire is also a game played by millions around the world. It offers its own challenges. This game has many lessons which pertain to life. We can learn from solitaire by paying attention to how we play and the lessons it teaches.

Star-crossed: A Game of Fate

By Hilly Wayenbam
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  • Publisher : Hilly Wayenbam
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 436
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 864
  • Pdf File: star-crossed.pdf

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Story Description When you're all alone in this world, what do you do to survive by yourself? When people around you disappear like shadows in the darkness, can you live through the pain and sadness? When living feels like a punishment; when the world traps you in a bottomless pit of never-ending adversities and affliction, and you don't have the wings to fly away from it, how do you escape? When your life is a complete mess of unassembled, broken pieces that can't be glued back together, is there still hope that things will get better in the end? Unravelling the pain of love, sadness and suffering, this story tells about the life of a fearless hot-headed delinquent, a nineteen year old high school student, a boy who uses his fists to solve his problems. Spending all his days fighting and making trouble in the streets, Leyon's life was a dark abyss of endless misery and bad luck. That was until he met her again one fateful night- his long forgotten childhood sweetheart. In the midst of the busy streets and the flickering city lights, the two souls reunited in a cruel game of fate. With the world set on tearing them apart, how will they survive in this viscious cycle of neverending atrocities and injustices of life? Does this thing called fate really exist? Can they rewrite their own destinies?

Life Is...A Journey Worth Fighting For

By Sofia Villarreal
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  • Publisher : Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
  • Book Code : 1642588377
  • Total of Pages : 162
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 989
  • Pdf File: life-is-a-journey-worth-fighting-for.pdf

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Life Is . . . A Journey Worth Fighting For Everyone has a story to tell. Whether we are young or old, our story began the moment we took our first breath. Every one of us chooses the life that we want to live and the story that we want to leave behind the moment we take our last breath. The story of our life is what we make it as we live and learn each day. Life is a journey of personal growth and learning experiences. It is about lessons learned and actions taken to improve the quality of life. This book will take you through a teenage girl's journey through life. Her struggles continued after she dropped out of school, got married at the age of fifteen going on sixteen, and becoming a young teenage mother who managed to finish high school and ultimately obtain a PhD. Both she and her husband were also struck with cancer, but no matter what obstacles came her way, she continued to trust in God and kept moving forward with many dreams for her future. Some facets of life such as life is an opportunity, beauty, a dream, a game, a promise, sorrow, a song, a struggle, a tragedy, an adventure, luck, too precious, life is life, fight for it are words that spoke to her as she came across a poem that inspired her to write this book. She immediately began reflecting on her life and making connections to the words and her interpretation of the message in the poem. A feeling overcame her as if the poem was telling her life story. She experienced the facets of life stated above at different stages in her life and in different situations. As a result, she came to the conclusion that life is a journey worth fighting for. Life is not perfect, and people should not pretend that it is. Some have to work harder than others in order to facilitate their journey through life. Challenges such as bullying, growing pains, dropping out of school, dealing with a failed relationship or marriage, loss of income or job, job reassignment, drug abuse, alcoholism, getting older, and disease are just a few of the struggles that we may experience at different points in life. At times, we may have to put up a good fight and not give up by overcoming obstacles that may interfere with the quality of life, the life God wants for us that will ultimately lead us to eternal life. No matter what age one may be or what obstacles come our way, we should never stop dreaming.

What Game Are You Playing?

By Robin Moriarty
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  • Publisher : Greenleaf Book Group
  • Book Code : 1626346542
  • Total of Pages : 184
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Members : 966
  • Pdf File: what-game-are-you-playing.pdf

Book Short Summary:

It’s All a Game From the moment we are born, others' expectations shape our behaviors, choices, and definitions of success. We build our personal and professional lives around those expectations and at some point, many of us wonder if we are on the right path. We may want to make changes, but it's difficult and we don't know how to start. In What Game Are You Playing?, author Robin Moriarty, PhD shares her view on what being “successful” should look like, and those views will be a surprise to many. According to Moriarty, life is a game, and it is up to each individual to determine just what kind of game they want to play. The author guides readers through a process that shows them how to assess their current state and outlines the steps they need to take in order to achieve their new game and own version of success.The book enables readers to— • Gain awareness of the way they want to live their lives • Reframe success on their own terms • Map out what they will need to do to get there Through a series of examples and exercises designed as a game, Moriarty helps readers recognize—and then step away from—the expectations of others so they can define and pursue their own version of success in work and in life. Through this process of finding and designing their own games,, readers will no longer be a pawn in someone else’s.

Cognitive Linguistics between Universality and Variation

By Mario Brdar,Milena Žic Fuchs,Ida Raffaelli
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Book Code : 1443842869
  • Total of Pages : 475
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 891
  • Pdf File: cognitive-linguistics-between-universality-and-variation.pdf

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“This volume takes up the challenge of assessing the present state of Cognitive Linguistics on the cutting edge between universality and variability. Claims of universality have never been explicitly articulated by cognitive linguists but studies on embodiment, motivation and cognitive processes such as metaphor, metonymy, and conceptual integration rely on general cognitive abilities and hence tacitly assume cross-linguistic commonalities. Variability within a language and across languages has received growing attention, especially in contrastive and corpus-based studies. Both perspectives are given ample space in the articles collected in the volume. “The present volume is the first to address the important issue of the position of Cognitive Linguistics between the poles of universality and variability. The editors’ insightful introduction draws compelling awareness to this as a yet unresolved question. At the same time, the fine contributions collected in the volume reflect state-of-the-art research in Cognitive Linguistics and point to innovative avenues for future research. The interdisciplinary range of subject areas, the new approaches pursued and the various methodologies employed makes this volume particularly valuable. It should be of great interest to scholars working in the fields of Cognitive Linguistics and in specific languages, particularly English and Slavic linguistics.” – Günter Radden, University of Hamburg