Our Combative Past and Co-operative Future: Review of The Play Versus Story Divide in Game Studies: Critical Essays

Conor Patrick Mckeown

Received 25 October 2016, published online 7 December 2016


A review of Wilhelm Kapell’s The Play Versus Story Divide tackling the major themes of its contributions, praising its approach and unique papers while addressing a few minor shortcomings.


Game Analysis; Game Criticism; Ludology; Narratology

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Kapell, W. (2016). The Play Versus Story Divide in Game Studies: Critical Essays, edited by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell. USA, NC: McFarland Books.


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