It gives me great pleasure to announce that I have finally secured a deal for a book on my philosophy of games. Entitled Imaginary Games and published by Zero Books, the book is due in early 2012. You can click on the link here in this post, or on the mock up of the cover in the sidebar, to go to the page for the book and read the draft blurb. Comments welcome!
The book takes the work I've done adapting Walton's make-believe theory of representation to games (the Mimesis as Make-Believe serial and Game Design as Make-Believe serial), adds in a lot of other material from the blogs as well as all-new content, and arranges it all in a more personal and accessible book form. The manuscript is complete and production begins shortly. However, it will take six months from the end of production for it to be available for sale, so I have a long wait...
In the meantime, let me reproduce the part of my acknowledgements that refers to you, the players of the Game:
I must extend my gratitude to a great many of my blog ‘players’, and in particular Mory Buckman for his invaluable assistance in untangling the issues in respect of applying Walton’s system to megatexts via a series of spirited arguments, Rik Newman for his insights into the culture of fighting games, and John M. Osborne for bringing my attention to the issue of ‘fair play’. Other ‘players’ deserving of mention include Peter Crowther, Ben Cowley, Patrick Dugan, Corvus Elrod, Brian Green, Theo Malekin, Jack Monahan, Matt Mower, Michael Pereira, translucy and so many more I can’t adequately list, not only for comments that were invaluable in developing the ideas in this book but also for the constant encouragement that has kept me writing all these years. Also, my thanks go to Lauren Orsini, the intern at Kotaku who was responsible for the Walton serial reaching out to a wider audience at that aggregator. I also want to mention Yehuda Berlinger, whose blog has oft provided ideas to push gainfully against, and whose influence thus lurks beneath the surface of this manuscript in several places.
Thank you all for your support!