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Gameplay includes all player experiences during the interaction with game systems, especially formal games. Proper use is coupled with reference to "what the player does". Arising alongside the development of game designers in the 1980s, gameplay was used solely within the context of video or computer games, though now its popularity has begun to see use in the description of other, more traditional, game forms. Generally, the term "gameplay" in video game terminology is used to describe the overall experience of playing the game excluding the factors of graphics, sound, and the storyline. The term "Game mechanics" refers to sub-elements of the gameplay, but particularly the primary control and movement features of the game (thus excluding things like level design or AI). Game design is the process of designing the content and rules of a game. ... “Computer and video games” redirects here. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... A game mechanic is a rule or set of rules intended to produce a set of outcomes in a game. ...

One criticism of the word gameplay is that it is a largely meaningless or empty term, superseded by other concepts established in the repertoire of perception, anthropology, and general diversified psychology.[original research?] The use of the term may be an indication that current game design theories remain primitive and underdeveloped noting that, for example, cinema does not require "movie-watch" nor novels "book-read" in order that these (non-interactive) media be described formally.[1] Current academic discussions tend to favor more practical terms such as "game mechanics". [citation needed] In psychology and the cognitive sciences, perception is the process of acquiring, interpreting, selecting, and organizing sensory information. ... Anthropology (from Greek: ἀνθρωπος, anthropos, human being; and λόγος, logos, knowledge) is the study of humanity. ... Psychology (from Greek: ψυχή, psukhē, spirit, soul; λόγος, logos, knowledge) is both an academic and applied discipline involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. ... A game mechanic is a rule or set of rules intended to produce a set of outcomes in a game. ...

Despite this criticism, the term gameplay has gained acceptance in popular gaming nomenclature, as it succinctly indicates a domain of perceptual concepts not readily accessible by other phrases. Some gaming reviews give a specific score for gameplay, along with graphics, sound, and longevity. Many consider "gameplay" to be the most important indicator of the quality of a game. Many game critics feel that gameplay in games is analogous with narrative in fiction, and serves as the foundation to which other elements (for example, story) are added. Those who counter the art theory of game point out that games are essentially playing. Playing is as old as or even older than art in the history of humanity. Therefore, it may not be appropriate to define or evaluate games in the same context as art. In fact, a few Japanese game makers have their origins in toy making, the most famous being Nintendo. A notable contemporary play theorist is Jesper Juul who works on both pure play theory and the application of this theory to Computer game studies. The theory of play and its relationship with rules and game design is also extensively discussed by Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman in their book: Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals. Play might be described as unrestrained, amusing interaction with people, animals, or things, often in the context of learning. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... Jesper Juul is a well-known theorist in the new field of video game studies. ... Video game studies is the still-young field of analysing video games from a social science or humanities perspective. ... Katie Salen is a game designer, interactive designer, animator, and design educator. ... Eric Zimmerman is a game designer and the co-founder and CEO of gameLab, a computer game development company. ... is a book on game design by Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman, published by MIT Press in 2003. ...

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Emergent gameplay is the creative use of a game in ways unexpected by the game designers original intent. ... Game design is the process of designing the content and rules of a game. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Play might be described as unrestrained, amusing interaction with people, animals, or things, often in the context of learning. ...


  1. ^ The stupidest word in videogames. insomnia.ac. Retrieved on 2007-06-20.

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