Translating Games

Grocery Checkers, by Scott Moore

Grocery Checkers, by Scott Moore

Is it possible to translate games as we translate language?  That is, can a particular instance of game- one round of table tennis, say-  be said to represent a particular instance of another game- say, one swim meet- in the same way that a particular sentence of English can be said to represent a particular sentence of Latin?  It would seem obvious that the answer is no, and it probably is.  But here’s an argument that the answer might not be so obvious.  Follow the argument to the end, and you begin to suspect that if games can’t be translated into each other, then metaphors in general might be trickier than they at first seem.

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