But that's exactly what the strict rules shall prohibit. Maybe add one more: just allow non-games when every game is documented.idrougge wrote:On the other hand, it opens a Pandora's box where more and more non-games software can slither into the database because of earlier precedent set by other non-games.
Spreadsheets and word processors? Indeed, if one day a keyboard can be connected to a gaming console, thus turning it into a PC, we will have reached a turning point.idrougge wrote:The above case aside, I would prefer not to see PC dress-up games and screensavers included, because they open the door to so much more, including spreadsheets, word processors and paint programs.
But let me get back to that dress-up games. Just today, I watched my 5-year-old daughter play one, it was this here. (Please play it for the sake of discussion! ) She proudly showed me every step she mastered, and the beautiful end result she achieved. Just like a gamer would in every "real" video game. And that's the deeper issue behind this. We should avoid the arrogance of grown-ups, turning down every game with lower interactivity, or no real game goal, as not being games. They are, they're just not for us. There's "games" even for the youngest of users out there, and as a father of three I vote for opening up for those.
To answer this question, I seriously lack knowledge about all these early machines. Could we say that a game needs to generally need electricity to be played, and either a screen, or processor power?idrougge wrote:Another question is not so much of what is a game, as what is a video game.