Ahhh, thank you James. Your response resonates so deeply with me. Your comments about games are causing me to dig deeper into my own thinking about myth and games. If you have time, take a look at my response to Stephen’s last post, as I also consider games further. The games you mention here are especially interesting in terms of finite/infinite games.
Your quote from The Dead Poet’s Society (a story I adore) causes me to consider the dual meaning of “play” in that quote, and perhaps in general. So much to compare and contrast in those meanings. Such a rich quote.