Jonne Arjoranta




Institutional affiliation

University of Jyväskylä


Post-doctoral researcher

Research interests relevant to game philosophy

My research interests revolve around games and meaning. I’ve looked into game hermeneutics, interpretation and narratology, game definitions, media discourse about games and the political dimensions of games and play.

Publications and presentations relevant to game philosophy

Arjoranta, Jonne (2011): “Do we need real-time hermeneutics? Structures of meaning in games.” Think Design Play, DiGRA 2011 conference proceedings. Utrecht University of Arts: Hilversum. September, 2011. Available online:

Arjoranta, Jonne (2014): “Game Definitions: A Wittgensteinian Approach.” Game Studies 14 (1). Available online:

Arjoranta, Jonne (2015): “Real-time hermeneutics: meaning-making in ludonarrative digital games.” Dissertation. University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä. Available online:

Arjoranta, Jonne & Karhulahti, Veli-Matti (2014): “Ludology, Narratology and Philosophical Hermeneutics.” DiGRA Nordic 2014. Visby, Sweden: 29.5.2014. Available online:

Arjoranta, Jonne. 2016. “What Does it Mean to be Orlanthi? Hermeneutic Challenge in King of Dragon Pass.” In DiGRA and FDG: First International Joint Conference, Dundee, Scotland: Abertay University, 1.–6.8.2016.


hermeneutics, interpretation, meaning, play, politics


Jonne Arjoranta


philosophy, social sciences, digital culture