[game_edu] Why define a game? (was Re: Definition of a Game)
rflemin1 at jccc.edu
Sun Dec 13 09:39:21 EST 2009
Well, it makes for an excellent take-home final question. I avoided defining what a game is during the semester, and just asked my game design students to tell me what a game is, now that they've been studying how to make one for a semester. I then asked them to give me an example of something they consider a game, and something they don't consider a game, and justify the classification using their definition. Personally I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of answers I get.
From: game_edu-bounces at igda.org [mailto:game_edu-bounces at igda.org] On Behalf Of steve graham
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Subject: [game_edu] Why define a game? (was Re: Definition of a Game)
I have certainly spent my share of time thinking about what a game is
and the myriad choices of definitions and defining characteristics. I
even have my own theories and favorites. However, while I spend time on
defining characteristics and feel it is time worth spending, I often end
up coming back to the question:
What difference does it make?
Or to frame this question in a way that may be a bit more constructive:
How does any particular theory or definition of games inform my design
and development of a game?
I don't have an answer I'm happy with.
My intuition is that the theorizing does have a significant effect, but
not one that is obvious or clear to me. I'd really like to hear others'
How *does* defining "game" (or "play" or ...) positively impact design
(Of course, I could be fooling myself. It could all be negative -- a
futile waste of time and energy with no consequences, as we argue nits
with each other. But it doesn't seem like that. Why not?)
computer game design
dakota state university
skg at dsu.edu
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