Defining "what is a game"

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Long time no see.

I am currently in a class called "Theory and Practice of Game Design." It has been really enjoyable so far, and today I wanted to talk to you about something that really got me thinking. We discussed in class just the other day about what makes a game a game. How can we define what is and what is not a game in a way that will be universal in all areas of the world and to all people?

The conclusion that the classes decided on was that the definition does not exist, but for me, this wasn't a good enough answer! I wanted to bring about a discussion with all of you on what you think defines a game.

I think that everything is a game! Life is a game. A game is about the way in which one individual perceives something. And everything is a game, it just isn't always a good one. For example, going to class can be made into a game--you receive points, get awarded with certain achievements, and compete (either against others or just against yourself). Some people might not want to attend class and participate in this game, but at the same time, sometimes you just don't want to play COD either but you still call that a game, right?

Now, I know some of you will not agree with me--and I really want you to not! Respond in the comment section below and give me a run for my money about the beliefs that I have! Do you have a contradiction to my argument? I want to hear it.

I love you all!
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