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Playful Design by John Ferrara

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Chapter 2. Understanding Games

It’s hard to pin down a set of characteristics that is common to all games, because games can vary so broadly in form. Think about the differences in play between and even within these categories of games:

  • Card games: poker, blackjack, Hearts, solitaire, Killer Bunnies, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: The Gathering

  • Board games: chess, checkers, backgammon, Clue, Scrabble, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, Twister, tic-tac-toe

  • Puzzles: crosswords, sudoku, Jumble, mazes, matchstick puzzles

  • Gambling: slot machines, roulette, craps, horse racing, state lotteries, office football pools

  • Sports: baseball, boxing, triathlon, ice hockey, Olympic ballroom dancing

  • Backyard games: tag, hide-and-seek, ...

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