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Vetushinskii A.S., Galanina E.V. The ontology of video games: objects, worlds, and environment

Published in journal "Philosophy and Culture", 2016-11 , pages 1511-1516.

Resume: ,Video game became an imperative part of the modern culture, which at the present stage finds its application in education, science and business, as well as training of cosmonauts, military officers, and medical personnel. We can also see video games exhibited in museums of modern art, and of course, they are studied in universities all over the world. In this sense, the authors attempt to cognize the philosophical aspect of video games, namely the ontology. Because without the description and analysis of the ontology of video games, it is impossible to understand their structure, as well as which ontological and gnoseological positions they are based upon. However, the authors believe that there is no single ontology, considering that there are different apprehensions of video games. Thus, the authors suggest referring to the three main ontologies of video games: the first one views them as the cultural phenomenon; the second – as the virtual words; and the thirds – as the mediator between a human (gamer and developer) and gaming platform, the interaction of which, as a matter of fact, makes the video games possible.

Keywords: gamer, virtual worlds, digital culture, game studies, flat ontology, ontology of video games, computer games, video games, game developer, gaming platform

DOI: 10.7256/1999-2793.2016.11.21043

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