A game is a recreational activity involving one or more players, defined by a) a goal that the players try to reach, and b) some set of rules that determines what the players can do. Games are played primarily for entertainment or enjoyment.
- This article is about a recreational activity. For other meanings, see game (disambiguation).
Games can involve one player acting alone, but more often involve competition among two or more players. Taking an action that falls outside the rules generally constitutes a foul or cheating.
All through human history, people have played games to entertain themselves and others, and there is an enormous variety of games types; for specific information about any type, see links at the end of this article.
Philosopher David Kelley, in his popular introductory reasoning text The Art of Reasoning, defines the concept "game" as "a form of recreation constituted by a set of rules that specify an object to be attained and the permissible means of attaining it." This covers most cases well, but does not quite fit with things like war games and sports that are often done not for entertainment but to build skills for later use. In Philosophical Investigations, philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein argued that the concept "game" could not be contained by any single definition, but that games must be looked at as a series of definitions that share a "family resemblance" to one another.
In a different context, Stephen Linhart said, "People say you have to choose between games and real life. I think this claim that there's a dichotomy is very dangerous."
Many technical fields are often applied to the study of games, including probability, statistics, economics, ethnomathematics, and game theory.
Types of Games
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Fun-Attic Great Game List
Contains instructions on how to play many popular games.
A table game that is similar to pool. Includes rules, dealer locator, and photo gallery.
Broom throwing game. Offers rules and event photo gallery.
International Throw Bowl Association
Contains a diagram of the court, an exam of the rules, executive board, and past results.
A game between two people using only an old tennis ball and a roof. Explains the game, its history, basic shots, FAQ, and photos.
Paper Football Zone
Includes rules of the game, how to fold a football and pictures.
Holey Board Game
Indoor and outdoor family game cross between horseshoes and shuffleboard.
American Turf Power Boat Association
Governing organization for a backyard game in which players race against each other in a simulated unlimited hydroplane race. Provides rules, race schedule, pictures of boats, and association history.
Game similar to footbag but with a ball. Contains overview, history, pictures, and trick illustrations.
Skill and finesse game that emphasizes a bunting motion. Includes videos, rules, and ordering.
Game that plays like baseball and wiffle ball. Provides pitching instructions, video, and purchase information.
The Original Bimini Ring Game
Information on the game Ringmaster, a favorite game played throughtout the Caribbean Islands. Includes game history, purchase information, and steps and hints on how to play.
Juggling like game comes with a tube and two balls. Videos, trick illustrations, and online ordering
The object of the game in Ladder Golf is to throw the bolos around your opponent's ladder rungs. Features game instructions, description, and online ordering.
Ultra Carpetball Plans
Plans to construct a carpetball table. Includes assembly instructions and pictures.
Play Golf on the beach. Offers description and prices.