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What Defines a Game?

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I’ve done it.

I’ve fallen prey to the temptation to write a ham-fisted article demarking what is, and what isn’t, a game—and I’m not even part of the demographic that Pat Holleman eloquently calls out in the following tweets.

I think Holleman’s definition captures the essence of what Iwata was talking about. Games are play. Play is fun.

Don’t overthink it. You won’t invent an argument that is new or constructive.

Everything doesn’t have to fit in a tiny box of your arbitrary creation. There is a use for lumping things together in useful ways but for the most part this kind tedious of genre-parsing is not constructive.