Definition of Game

A game is when players partake in an activity with defined rules to reach a particular objective. Players may interact in multiple ways: competitively alone with the game, against another player, or as a team.  It requires players to utilize mental and physical skills which impacts the results. Players are attached mentally or emotionally due various reasons (overcoming a challenge, glory, competition, visual, audio stimulation) and thus provide the motivation to participate.  Some games are vague in whether they qualify as a game or not.  The element of competition can help clear up this ambiguity.  If I were to think about a presentation or presentation contest, the contest could be considered a game because participants compete with one another to reach a specific ranking.  A second important determinant is the idea of winning or losing or to reach a goal. It helps to distinguish activities that are considered leisure or “play.” Some leisure activities would not be considered a game. For example, if I were to go to the gym and exercise, this would considered a leisure activity because there is no concept of winning or losing involved.  But I could change this by defining what it would take to win and further add an element of self-competition to provide motivation and exhilaration upon completion.  Even an activity such as a lottery could be a game because, even though it doesn’t require any skills, the player has attached the idea of winning or losing into the activity. Some games may not be thought of as a game in the traditional sense but it could be depending on the perception of its people.  Maintaining in the strongest economy in the world is not thought of as a game but it could be a game if participants decide to and agree to the terms.  The other option is to create this as a simulation.

References:

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nkA6wUXFSg
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rules_of_Play
3. http://www.gamestudies.org/0401/jarvinen/
4. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/200811/the-value-play-i-the-definition-play-gives-insights
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man,_Play_and_Games
6. http://www.jesperjuul.net/text/gameplayerworld/

 

 

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