I doubt I had any concept that math might be game-like when I was struggling with it in high school. I was just overloaded by the unfolding system, and had no guidance at all on math's philosophical status.

Music might be analogous, but I'm not sure I find the atonal stuff particularly musical. I suspect that the meaning and emotional impact of music have to do with its underlying metaphors. A song stands for a life, the melody for a personality or for the plot of the story.

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