In this essay, Flusser compresses into very few pages his broad concept of games, encompassing almost any kind of exchange between human beings that involves conventions, rules, and a reason to engage, that is, a shared sense that something is at stake. The English translation is mine.
The essay Spiele was published in German in 1968 in the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper with the title “Die Welt Als Spiel” and in Portuguese in 1967 in the O Estado de São Paulo newspaper with the tile “Jogos”. It was reprinted to accompany Florian Rötzer’s contribution to the International Flusser Lectures, Ist das Leben ein Spiel? — Aspekte einer Philosophie des Spiels und eines Denkens ohne Fundamente (Cologne: Walther König, 2013).
The image reproduces an ancient Egyptian tomb painting showing people playing a popular board game, Senet.