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 Post subject: Meta-discussions
 Post Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:56 pm 
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What exactly is a meta-discussion? Is it like an argument but without the napalm?

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I believe a meta-discussion would be a discussion about a discussion, the same way that metadata are data that describe other data. And yes, this can recurse infinitely.

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also metafiction which is fiction about fiction. anyone interested in this could maybe read any of Jasper Ffordes novels they are good

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 Post subject: Re: Meta-discussions
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Well... given that I know what "metagaming" is... that sorta makes sense.
I mean... technically, metagaming isn't gaming within gaming... but rather the process of giving a character access to information that they couldn't logically have without breaching the 4th wall... i.e. things the player knows.
There is a connection there.
4th-wall breach.

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 Post subject: Re: Meta-discussions
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Meta as a prefix normally designates "above/outside the system". Thus, Metaphysics is the study of things outside the physical sciences. So, yeah. Meta-gaming would be the act of going outside the established bounds of the game's world to influence behaviour within the world. It can also just refer to self-reference though, in the sense of the phrase "going meta" - when people start realising that a given work is now commenting on itself within the work.

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 Post subject: Re: Meta-discussions
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The other meaning commonly used is "about the system".

As in metadata, or metamathematics.

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