I was thinking, the more scientific modern approaches to the aesthetic experience of gaming match Huizinga’s earlier philosophical insights. He poetically describes the corporeality of play: “In play the beauty of the human body in motion reaches its zenith. In its more developed forms it is saturated with rhythm and harmony, the noblest gifts of aesthetic perception known to man”.
When engaged in this kind of ‘in-the-zone’ gaming, a precarious line must be drawn between the tension-enabling propinquity of death and its existence as an obstacle to aesthetic pleasure. Huizinga reminds us of the essential fragility of this aesthetic engagement, wouldn’t you agree?
Here’s today’s news.
- Dark Souls Remastered Is Finally Releasing For Nintendo Switch In October
- What, What? Is It Time For An Extended Strange Brigade Trailer?
- UK Charts 11/08/18 – Will Anyone Save Us From The Bandicoot?
- The Uncharted Movie Is “Close To The Starting Line”
- Spider-Man Gets A Rather Early Launch Trailer
- Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture Devs The Chinese Room Have Joined Sumo
- Patrick Söderlund To Leave EA
- Warface Goes Into Paid Early Access On PlayStation 4
Jagged Alliance: Rage! has been announced by THQ Nordic, “a new take on turn-based tactics, adventure elements and the well-known quirky mercenaries.” The game is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4, and is set twenty years after the last game.
Airhart, the diesel-punk action game set in the vibrant floating city of Granaria, has launched on Xbox One priced £14.39. The game is a twin stick shooter which also includes sky-fishing, whatever that is.
Wailing Heights, a hand-drawn adventure game, launches on PlayStation 4 today.