Finite and Infinite Games
160 pages, 2013
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Here, James P. Carse argues that there are two kinds of games: finite and infinite. Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life; they are played to be won, which is when they end. But infinite games are more mysterious. Their object is not winning but ensuring the continuation of play.
The rules may change, the boundaries may change, and even the participants may change as long as the game is never allowed to come to an end.