Bernard Suitsian Game Analysis

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1. Could it be argued that your daily human life in America is a Suitsian game? Why or why not? I believe that it could be argued that daily human life in America is a Suitsian game. Like games, life is a goal directed activity that involves making choices and is set by rules made by our government that we need to follow. Bernard Suits describes the elements of a game including a goal, the means of achieving the goal, rules, and the lusory attitude. (Suits, pg. 19) In a game there is always a goal, such as winning a track race, shooting a hoop, or kicking a ball into the goal. There are three distinguishable goals when it comes to playing a game: 1) to participate 2) to win 3) to beat the opponents. There are differences between the three goals, if someone is merely particiapating in the game it does not mean that they have to win. If someone’s purpose is to win the game by shooting a ball into the hoop, then he/she must follow the rules in order to rightfully win. And lastly if the purpose is just to shoot the ball into the hoop before someone else does, then this doesn’t include following the rules such as dribbling while running, they can simply grab the ball and…show more content…
Holt meant when they speak of aesthetic biases in sport is that people tend to like something more than other things because they look more beautiful, elegant, and graceful such as figure skaters or gymnastics (Holt and Holt, pg. 100). In sports such as gymnastics and figure skating, having aesthetic form to how good the routine looks is a big part of how they are scored and ranked to win. In sports that don’t require good form in order to score points or win the game such as football or basketball, spectators will still call a pass or a hit to be “stylish, elegant and graceful” (Holt and Holt, pg. 100). But when it comes to golf, if a skilled golfer such as Tiger woods hits the golf ball with a swing that is ungraceful, he would be criticized for it; this is aesthetic

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