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Luiz Claudio Silveira Duarte's Blog


I've recently received my master's degree in Design at UFPR, with a dissertation on distinctive features in strategic analysis of games.

Games and I go back a long way, at least since 1978. I'm interested in boardgames first, pen-and-paper role-playing games second, and digital games in a distant third place. For me, the social experience is of paramount importance in games, and the social interaction in digital games lends itself to a slew of problems.

Interested parties may find my personal site (in Portuguese and in English) at My Boardgamegeek profile can also be somewhat informative.

Scholars in Brasil are encouraged to keep their academic resume in a common database; mine can be found at


Member Blogs

Posted by Luiz Claudio Silveira Duarte on Wed, 03 Feb 2016 01:18:00 EST in Design
What makes a cooperative game be cooperative? A further look on this problem, and some thoughts on digital and non-digital games.

Posted by Luiz Claudio Silveira Duarte on Tue, 03 Feb 2015 02:59:00 EST in Design
Can the MDA framework be expanded in order to accomodate non-digital games?

Posted by Luiz Claudio Silveira Duarte on Mon, 17 Nov 2014 01:38:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Indie
The study of games has sometimes been hampered by a lack of an airtight definition for "game". But perhaps such a definition isn't necessary. In a recent paper, I suggest that an approach first used in Linguistics can be very useful in Ludology.

Luiz Claudio Silveira Duarte's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 01/22/2016 - 02:51]

Catharina, I quite liked this ...

Catharina, I quite liked this post. In fact, I 've written a short post about an interesting convergence between your research and mine. Take a look at it if you can you may find it here in Gamasutra, over at .

Comment In: [Blog - 06/25/2015 - 01:25]

Felipe, congratulations on a well-researched ...

Felipe, congratulations on a well-researched article and project. r n r nBut I can 't avoid a nitpick. You said: r n r n In Martian Dreams you travel in time back to the Victorian Era to join an expedition to Mars alongside Nicolas Tesla, Sigmund Freud and Warren Spector ...