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Does the term ‘Video-Game’ need to be redefined?

October 20, 2014, Author: Jasper Pickering

video game definition

video game |ˈvɪdioʊˌɡeɪm|


a game played by electronically manipulating images produced by a computer program on a television screen or other display screen. - Oxford English Dictionary

Video-games have been hard to define in recent years, as genres spin off into hard-to-explain terms with increasing complexity and purpose. ‘Electronically manipulating images’ seems to be a good way to put any creative work with any sense of agency under this umbrella, but the term ‘game’ implies that the purpose of its creation is to be enjoyed. A ‘form of play or sport’ is a simpler way to define the word ‘game’, and this brings into question, “Is this video-game supposed to be either play or sport?”