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What is (not) a Game?

For this assignment, I want you to think back to our discussion around the definition of “game” and how we saw that it can be a pretty flexible term. We also saw how, for some, labelling something as just a game or a real game can make the object in question seem more or less serious, respectively. This all begs the question of where the definition of game begins and ends and there are no easy answers so instead I want you to get creative: Look into various definitions of “game” that you can find. The dictionary is an okay place to start, but what do others have to say? You might check Bernard Suits’ The Grasshopper or Roger Caillois’ Man, Play and Games for some inspiration but there are plenty of definitions to choose from including  Mark J.P. Wolf’s The Medium of the Video Game (2001), Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman’s Rules of Play (2004), Jesper Juul’s half-real (2005),Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens (1938). You’ll need at least 2 or 3 distinct definitions for this paper. Based on these definitions, pick something that the average person would probably not consider a game. Use your imagination here. For the sake of argument, let’s use a ham sandwich as an example. Using the definition(s) you found, argue that your chosen something is, in fact, a game. I want only the hottest of hot takes, here. The goal here isn’t to 100% convince me that a ham sandwich is a game, but to show me that you’ve read and understood a few different definitions of game and can creatively bend them to include something as off-base as a ham sandwich. NOTE: Since this paper requires you to engage with at least a couple of sources, that means you need to cite them. Whatever citation style you prefer is fine, as long as it is consistent. Please consult this style guide if you want some help with how to cite, or talk to the teaching staff.  (Links to an external site.) That’s it! Be creative and above all, try to have fun with this. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to consult the teaching staff!