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Games as Epistemic Mediators: Rethinking Gamification with Morgenstern, von Neumann, and Bateson (2024)


This article contends that gamification is a longstanding means of making knowledge, not just a twenty-first-century design technique. People have applied games to non-entertainment domains for millennia, especially to perform functions that we now associate with computational media, but their status as “epistemic mediators” comes to the fore in recent history. Stark examines two twentieth-century uses of games as models for systems that, contrasted, evidence distinct approaches to formalizing phenomena in the human sciences. First, Oskar Morgenstern and John von Neumann’s Theory of Games and Economic Behavior (1944) illustrates the propensity game models have to reduce complexity, mechanize judgment, and promote capitalist values. Then, Gregory Bateson’s cybernetic game models serve as counterexamples that, along with his critiques of game theory, the conclusion brings to bear on current debates about gamification.

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Authors & Contributors
Katharina Malek
Hans-Georg Dettmer
Georg Drechsler
Astrid Schmidt-Händel
Wilhelm Hannemann
Jackson, Robert W.
Comparative Technology Transfer and Society
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Der Anschnitt: Zeitschrift für Kunst und Kultur im Bergbau
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
History of the Human Sciences
Oxford University Press
Ernst & Sohn
New York University Press
Princeton University Press
University of California Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
Politics and government
Civil engineering
Mines and mining
Latour, Bruno
Ching-Kun Yang
Penry, Jacques
Skinner, William G.
Leckie, Ann
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
20th century, early
United States
Great Britain
Berlin (Germany)

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