Recursion 3: How seriously should we take fiction and playing?
Recursion is presented as a fusion of genres (pulp) fiction, which codes it as 'mere entertainment,' but the story takes as its starting point social concerns around cognitive dementia, which is an actual crisis that will only become more disruptive in NA and Europe over the next couple of decades. RPGs also are presented as belonging to genres, which helps encode them as nothing more than entertainment. At the same time, these stories often include discussion of extremely important social events and stances. Should play be (sometimes) more than entertainment? What is your experience with RPGs played for entertainment, or playing seriously?