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purpose of a game?

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Maybe this is silly, but do you think we ought to have a statement somewhere saying what the purpose(s) of a game is(are)? It would be a useful thing to point to when arguing that design decisions should be made one way or another.

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Purpose of a game: To provide its designers endless hours of agony, torment, hair pulling, argumentation, disagreement over implemtation details, dreaming of a finished product which never materializes, the creation of ideas and workgroups which fizzle and die, and in general, a great deal of thinking and discussion and very little actual production.

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a fun way to pit yourself against other people. Anything less is a job or a toy, not a game.

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The purpose of a game is to fullfil our desire to be someone else or be in a different situation from what we experience in real life. People tend to like games where they have more power then they would in real life. Of course, games have many more purposes then that ,training and experimentation in a (mostly) risk free environment, fullfillment of fantasies, competition and storytelling come to mind, but the other person thing seems to apply to all most PC and console games, as well as table top RPGs and wargames. This purpose doesn''t really apply to sports and boardgames, but some of the other ones I mentioned do.

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Original post by bishop_pass
Purpose of a game: To provide its designers endless hours of agony, torment, hair pulling, argumentation, disagreement over implemtation details, dreaming of a finished product which never materializes, the creation of ideas and workgroups which fizzle and die, and in general, a great deal of thinking and discussion and very little actual production.


wow someone''s getting bitter

nothing like those unreachable goals, huh?






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wow someone''s getting bitter

nothing like those unreachable goals, huh?


Bitter? No, just poking fun at the whole endeavor.

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A game, just like a movie or a book, can have many purposes.It can be a game of humor, supposed to make you laugh ; it can be supposed to frighten you ; it can be supposed to make you think about something, etc etc.

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My purpose of creating a game (somewhere 20 years into the future) would be to finally get to play a game I really want to play.

I would design it in such a way that I''ll be able to play it forever. To achieve that, I would have to make the game hard enough to give me, the designer, a challenge.

I would of course need to design it in such a way that it''ll appeal to more players than just myself, so I can test my skills against them.

As I want to play the game forever, I''d have to create the game in such a way that the other players want to play the game forever as well.

(chances of me ever really creating a game? less than 1%. chances of me loving my game when I DO create it? 100%)

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Original post by sunandshadow
Maybe this is silly, but do you think we ought to have a statement somewhere saying what the purpose(s) of a game is(are)? It would be a useful thing to point to when arguing that design decisions should be made one way or another.



s&s, did you mean in general, or computer games specifically? I only ask because the why slightly diverges when you consider games in general and the curious minority of folk who are computer gamers.

BTW, I''m not sure definitions will get you much, as the forum will always host people who want to redefine and cross boundaries. Game design is the closest thing to religion I''ve ever experienced (without getting converted ). (Speaking of which, I bet you I can start up a flamewar about savegames to rival the Christian Morals thread in the lounge... )

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Purpose of a game: To provide its designers endless hours of agony, torment, hair pulling, argumentation, disagreement over implemtation details, dreaming of a finished product which never materializes, the creation of ideas and workgroups which fizzle and die, and in general, a great deal of thinking and discussion and very little actual production.


See, this is why it''s good to be a coder. When others disbelieve, you disappear for a year and come back and show them!


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