James P. Carse - Finite and Infinite Games (1986)

“There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.”

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“Finite players play within boundaries, infinite players play with boundaries.”

“It is the desire of all finite players to be Master Players, to be so perfectly skilled in their play that nothing can surprise them. [...] Infinite players, on the other hand, continue their play in the expectation of being surprised. If surprise is no longer possible, all play ceases. Surprise causes finite play to end, it is the reason for infinite play to continue.”

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