An Overview Of Game Definition
There are many different types of games, all of which are engaging in some way. A game is generally a structured form of interactive play, often undertaken simply for fun or entertainment, and at times used as a teaching tool. Games are very different from work, which often is carried out with the express purpose of remuneration; games are, by nature, a form of artistic or imaginative expression. The two types of activities most commonly associated with games are those based on strategy or combat, sports, racing, dress-up and card games.
However, while games are enjoyed by everyone, the issue of how to best define them, as well as what constitutes ‘a game’ has become a subject of great debate in recent years. Many people often think that computer games are games, regardless of how complex they are. However, this is not entirely true. The definitions of this new definition of the word game have been determined by analysing popular computer games, and applying traditional understandings of the word to these new creations.
Gaming has evolved over time to the extent that it can be considered a worthwhile form of intellectual and aesthetic expression. While games certainly can be highly competitive, in many ways they are also very friendly towards people who do not necessarily play the same game as themselves. Some people often feel threatened by other gamers in online chat rooms and gaming environments. However, there are many other players who tend to be polite and helpful, helping one another out in a non-threatening way. The inclusion of these non-player characters gives the impression that these games are primarily for fun, rather than competitive behaviour, and so this new definition will likely be adopted into UK law in the years to come.