Refining Operational Logics
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Refining Operational Logics

  • Author(s): Osborn, Joseph C
  • Wardrip-Fruin, NG
  • Mateas, Michael
  • et al.

is paper expands on and re nes the theoretical framework of operational logics, which simultaneously addresses how games operate at a procedural level and how games communicate these operations to players. In the years since their introduction, oper- ational logics have been applied in domains ranging from game studies to game generation and game modeling languages. To sup- port these uses and to enable new ones, we resolve some standing ambiguities and provide a catalog of key, fundamental operational logics. Concretely, we provide an explicit and detailed de nition of oper- ational logics; specify a set of logics which seems fundamental and su ces to interpret a broad variety of games across several genres; give the rst detailed explanation of how exactly operational logics combine; and suggest application domains for which operational logics-based analysis and knowledge representation are especially appropriate.

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