A board game impersonating a video game

Games? Really?

Oh yes, really. Game design isn’t just the work of creating video games or board games, with concepts like gamification being applied in contexts way outside traditional gaming formats, Game Design has become more pervasive in everyday culture than platformers and first-person shooters.

Game design is the art of applying design and aesthetics to create a game for entertainment or for educational, exercise, or experimental purposes. Increasingly, elements and principles of game design are also applied to other interactions, particularly virtual ones (see gamification).


Yes, that’s a definition from Wikipedia—a symptom of the fact that Game Design is relatively new and still developing. Miami University offers one of the leading Game Design programs in the world and in fact, has a championship caliber eSports team. The fact you’re at Miami means you are close to developments in Game Design.

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess you have an idea of what game design is. So let’s hear from Ian Bogost, a game designer who talks about how games work and how game concepts can apply to so much more than what people expect. 

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Dennis Cheatham

Associate Professor, Communication Design

Miami University

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