The Value of Games
Games are the most interesting forms of human activity. Though we often associate games with unproductive behavior, they are actually cultural universals. Professional game players are only a small percentage of any population, while professional sports players are a much larger fraction. For this reason, the value of games has been given a greater significance than before. Researchers have discovered that games are essentially expressive models of real-world activities, such as playing the lottery and puzzles.
A game is a contest or event with rules or objectives. It can be played alone or with others. The object of the game is to achieve a specific goal by beating or preventing other players from reaching their goal. In some cases, a game may involve role-playing or cooperation, but its definition does not matter. If a society lacks games, it’s probably because it is deculturated. Ethnographers often noted that such societies were mistaken in reporting that the games were not present. In addition, higher levels of political integration and social stratification are associated with higher numbers of games. This is especially true in societies where political leaders manipulate social relations and symbols.
Games have been an important part of human culture since the early days of computers. The earliest commercial systems were known for their educational value and games. In 1958, Tennis for Two dominated Visitor’s Day at Brookhaven National Laboratory. In 1959, the video game Maze War was known as an Xerox PARC game. The popularity of such games has contributed to the creation of the modern videogame industry. In the present, games are an increasingly important part of our culture.