Understanding Game Mechanics through Embodied Metaphor: A Trading Card Case Study

Magic the Gathering (MTG) is one of the world’s most sold and played physical games. This paper will outline the various embodied metaphors underlying both the gameplay mechanics as well as the natural language used by players while playing the game. This paper argues that embodied metaphors are at the basis of the meaning-making found in MTG and play a key role in player’s concrete understanding of the game’s highly complex and variant rules.

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