What are games?

A game is an event played individually or with others, and typically has rules. Games have a start, middle, and an ending point where someone is the winner.

Games are fun for people of all ages, from 2 to 102 years of age. Games are played in all countries around the world. Everyone can play games; often learning a game just takes time and a great deal of practice. Games come in a variety of styles and levels of ability. Typically in a game, there is an activity where one or more individuals engage in play. While they are not always work or school related, games require thinking, competition, and a variety of levels of learning.

Each game has its own set of rules and requirements to play. There are games for children, youth, teens, and adults. There are also games that adults love to play with children. Games are social, competitive, and exciting. They are a way to bring people together to enjoy an activity together or a game can be a solitary experience for times when a person just wants to be with themselves.

Examples of Games

Games come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and often have several components. Games can be as simple and inexpensive as the imaginary game "I Am Thinking Of" where one person thinks of something and the players try to guess what it is. Games can also be pricier electronic games, such as those played on the Nintendo Wii, a video game system. These games require the use of electronic remote controls and involve motion to interact with the game on the screen. Games are a multi-million dollar industry, so it comes as no surprise that they vary so widely. Here are just a handful of examples of the types of games but, there are many type of games that are more specific within these types:

  • Board Games
  • Video Games
  • Electronic Games
  • Made-Up Games
  • Brain Games
  • Car Games
  • War Games
  • Strategy Games
  • Computer Games

Why People Play Games

People play games for sport, for learning, for teaching, but mostly for the fun of the competition. People can laugh together, laugh at each other, or even laugh at themselves. People often whisper, shout, and cheer; they make silly faces, or even cry. To answer why people play games is often asked and seldom do we have one certain answer.

Some people think games can be interesting, fascinating, and the most fun. However, others think games are a waste of time and refuse to ever play. The funny thing is, when they are actually around a game, they often become interested when they see others have an enjoyable time playing a game. Although most people play games for the sheer enjoyment and joy of them, it doesn't always have to be with other people. Pleasure people feel when playing games can also occur when playing with a computer, or even alone. People play games to experience the challenge, and you'll find it especially enjoyable when you are the person who wins!