Digital Game

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Digital

“Information made with a computer that absolutely requires a computer to run as intended.”

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Game

“A system of rules the players interact with by making decisions, which irreversibly change the state of the system, in trying to achieve winning conditions while avoiding losing conditions.”

Alternative bite-sized definition:

“Inductive logic competition”

A few distinctions between games and similar activities:

– Tests and exams aren’t games as individual questions don’t form a system in which to exercise decisions making. There is no feedback on your actions so you don’t know whether you are doing well or not i.e. they are not interactive

-Athletics events, like the 100m sprint, aren’t games as they lack any decisions the players can make to increase their chances of winning. It’s all about beforehand practice and the physical act itself. Competition, as a concept, exists outside of games.

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