Weekend Reads + Commentary

September 2021

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Weekend Reads

Book Rec

Finite games are everywhere. They are those activities, in which the participant are bound by rules and regulations, and there are clear winners and losers at the end. These games are finite because the goal of the players is victory; they definitely keep score. It’s golf, Monopoly, Call of Duty or tennis. There are strict regulations in finite games. The games ends once someone wins or loses.

The infinite game, in contrast, is more like sandlot baseball: it’s a pursuit in which the only goal is to keep playing. White finite games have fixed rules, the players in infinite games often bend their rules to keep going. The play isn’t a means to an end. The play is the means and the end.

The beauty of infinite games, whether its players in a democracy or the process of evolution. Games played for the sake of playing are the best kind and they can bring out the best in their players.

Infinite games explain the endurance of culture, religion or art. You may see Hamlet once and think you get it, but then you see it again and you realize you didn’t get it or got it wrong. So you keep returning, you keep playing.

Certain texts are not composed with clear takeaways. The meaning of certain texts are mercurial and unstable.