Fictional Games: A Philosophy of Worldbuilding and Imaginary Play is the title of a new, exciting volume published by Bloomsbury Publishing. It combines perspectives from game studies, literary theory, the philosophy of fiction, film studies and science fiction studies, this pioneering work focuses its attention on an overlooked aspect of our relationship with games, that is games that exclusively exist as fictional props.
This new book by our own Prof. Stefano Gualeni (Institute of Digital Games) and Prof. Riccardo Fassone (Università di Torino, Italy) is the first systematic attempt to answer questions such as 'What roles do imaginary games have in story-telling?' and 'Why do fiction authors outline the rules of a game that the audience will never play?' To do so, they introduce five key functions that different types of imaginary games have in worldbuilding.
Discussing examples from over 90 fictional games across a variety of media (and with several illustrations in every chapter bringing the imaginary games to life), in this new volume Gualeni and Fassone ask us to consider fictional games not as moments of playful reprieve in a storyline, but as significant and multi-layered expressive devices.