Volume 20, Issue 2
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The current study aims to demonstrate that trading card games (TCGs), also called collectible card games (CCGs), represent a potentially fruitful area of research in metaphor studies. A popular trading card game called is examined, and the argument is made that players utilize the cognitive mechanisms of conceptual metaphor to conceptualize its core game mechanics. Based on the results of a survey ( = 186) it was concluded that players conceptualize such game mechanics in line with the logics inherent in the Location Event Structure Metaphor, in conjunction with the metaphors , , and . This implies that it is precisely the embodied cognitive mechanisms of conceptual metaphor which allow for a shared, intersubjective understanding between players to exist regarding the meanings of various gameplay scenarios in , and possibly in many other trading card games as well.


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