Playing to Fail

Monday, April 22, 2013

Jesper Juul, visiting assistant professor at New York University Game Center, blogger, and author of The Art of Failure: An Essay on the Pain of Playing Video Games (The MIT Press, 2013), argues that the value of video games isn't in winning, but in learning how to lose. 


Jesper Juul

Comments [7]

jgarbuz from Queens

The idea that violent video games do any more mental damage than violent books or movies, or comic books, is sheer nonsense.

Apr. 22 2013 11:59 AM
Cesar from Manhattan

Two ideas:

1) Video games may participate in the role of transforming boys to men through the process of initiation, spirit quest, and growth (or outgrowth when the game is no longer played.)

2) Re: failure, per Matthew Broderick in War Games -- "The only winning move is not to play." The advancement from playing games that you can't win comes from getting over the compulsion to play them. Until you find the next one :)

Apr. 22 2013 11:58 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

The simple fact, totally lost on 95% of people over age 40,is that video games are now the "movies" of the 21st century. For example, I am right now playing the latest edition of Tomb Raider, based on the Lara Croft adventure series, and it is unquestionably better than any movie I've have ever seen in my 66 years. Video games add the third dimension of interactivity. Many of these today are interactive movies.

As for the arcade and "slash and bash" and the same routine over and over again, that's not for me. I leave thaose to the kids who believe have to "beat the game" whereas I enjoy a good story as well as the adrenalive rushes from having to survive in this virtual environment.

Video games are today my primary media of entertainment over books and movies. Those have their place, but video games is my primary medium entertainment. And I think they are better for mental health, because they challenge you. You just don't sit back just reading and watching. You have to input yourself into it, mentally and physically,

Apr. 22 2013 11:56 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Isn't constant gaming tantamount to gambling addiction? No matter how many times you lose, there is a possibility, however small, that you might win, so you keep playing?

Apr. 22 2013 11:55 AM
William from Manhattan

Perhaps relevant - I've read that you get more benefits neurologically from crossword puzzles that you cannot finish than from those you can.

Apr. 22 2013 11:53 AM
Nancy Tuck

The online streaming is going in and out today.

Apr. 22 2013 11:53 AM

Can this value be considered masochism and indicative of a cultural need?

Apr. 22 2013 11:31 AM

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