Play and Spiel are not the Same: Anti-Wittgensteinian Arguments and Consideration of Game as a Kind of Human Play:

Published on Sep 1, 2021in Games and Culture
· DOI :10.1177/1555412020973104
Felix Lebed2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Kaye Academic College of Education)
The differences between categories of play in English and spiel in German (or jeu in French and so on) are essential because any complex ludic category includes games that are organized and restric...
#1Felix Lebed (Kaye Academic College of Education)H-Index: 2
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