This was my masters program admissions writing sample that I used to show off just how well I would do in a writing program that focused on research. It is actually a severe update to this paper, and it is not the paper I wanted to write (#2 here). When I read over my original paper, I balked at how bad my writing was, and how much my direction had changed since then. That had been my first paper as a games scholar, and now that I’ve absorbed a lot more readings and others’ opinions, my own opinions have changed. This paper reflects this growth. I still have issues with the first section of the paper, but I was pretty time crunched when I wrote it. I had to keep the definition sections in place to fill out the text. I also knew that much of my reasoning was sound in that section, as I probably spent the most time creating the definitions in the original paper.