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A podcast about topics in game design featuring all of the many people who come together to make games possible.

Jul 20, 2020

Isaac Shalev and Greg Loring-Albright join me to talk about the Magic Circle, a concept originally mentioned by Huizinga in Homo Ludens and defined by Eric Zimmerman and Katie Salen. We try to break down what the concept means both academically and in practice. There are a lot of great resources in the show notes (blog post). Go to whowhatwhycast.tumblr.com.

Show Notes:
https://edt210gamestechsociety.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/salen-zimmerman-2004-core-concepts_-the-magic-circle.pdf

https://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/135063/jerked_around_by_the_magic_circle_.php

https://www.jesperjuul.net/text/magiccirclepuzzlepiece.pdf

https://twitter.com/nathanwpyle/status/1230674555796099072

https://cheezburger.com/9556997/strange-planet-comics-that-put-our-human-weirdness-on-display

Credit: effect magic circle by Maxicons from the Noun Project & Game by ic2icon from the Noun Project