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Video Gamers Find Failure an Attraction 1

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Jesper Juul is a sore loser.

That's not an insult. He admits it himself, right at the start of The Art of Failure: An Essay on the Pain of Playing Video Games, just out from MIT Press. But while Juul wants to win at video games, he also wants to lose, at least some of the time. "I dislike failing in games, but I dislike not failing even more," he writes.

This "paradox of failure" in video games has parallels, he notes, in the ways we consume tragic