Using sources from the humanities, social sciences, and game theory, we explored the conceptual and real-world relationships among games, play, and rationality. In contrast to traditional game theory emphasizing only winning, we postulate a "play rationality" that allows for additional goals (like have fun). To observe the implications of "play rationality," we developed a "Student Dilemma" game based on classic game theory. Our analysis looks at observations of our game in light of both experimental game theory and "play rationality."
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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