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ludology Line breaks: lud|ology
Pronunciation: /luːˈdɒlədʒi/

Definition of ludology in English:


[mass noun]
The study of games and gaming, especially video games: ludology, like the games it studies, is not about story and discourse at all but about actions and events
More example sentences
  • Ludology isn't helpful because it overemphasises just one aspect of videogames.
  • I see ludology as a tool, not an ideal.
  • In his dissertation he focuses on the effects of videogame play, attempting to incorporate the insights provided by ludology within the frameworks used by sociological and psychological researchers.



Example sentences
  • It also makes me wonder whether the hardcore 'ludologists' who believe video games aren't or shouldn't be a storytelling medium at all, might be on to something.
  • The ludologists see this technique as anathematic to the gameplay experience; narratologists say it adds depth and direction.
  • There is an ongoing battle between two videogame factions: the ludologists, who believe that game mechanics are everything, and the narratologists, who argue for the importance of story.


1960s: from Latin ludere 'to play' + -ology.

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