Eve Mittanigate scandal, where a prominent Eve player elected to the head of the CSM messed up at the recent fanfest and as a consequence apologised, resigned as the head, and then was sacked and 30 day banned by CCP has generated many, many words. That previous sentence was one of them. There's been a lot of back and forth about bullying in games, how actions have consequences, even predictions of the effect this will have on Eve in the long term. Some of those words were written tonight by Tobold where he asks What Is A Game Anyway? He was asked that question by a reader, who includes all kinds of games, including the "gamification" of real life with location services or 3D games that use the environs around you as input into the game world. Tobolds response was essentially that a game stops being a game when there are real life consequences. Now I realise that he was probably talking about computer and 'gamey' (like board and card games) in particular, but I think he is missing the point. Dictionary.com defines games this way:
- an amusement or pastime: children's games.
- the material or equipment used in playing certain games: a store selling toys and games.
- a competitive activity involving skill, chance, or endurance on the part of two or more persons who play according to a set of rules, usually for their own amusement or for that of spectators.