Characteristics of Games

  • Games usually have fixed rules.
  • Games are competitive and are played either between players or against the game system itself.
  • Games are activities or sports involving skills, knowledge and chance.
  • Games are simulations that work wholly or partly on the basis of players’ decisions.
  • Games have roles, goals, activities, constraints and consequences.
  • Games involve social and or personal interaction.
  • Games set boundaries and give feedback.
  • Games can be played alone or with others.

The various structural elements of games are describe by Prensky (20001)as:

  1. games have rules; these rules are usually fixed.
  2. goals
  3. outcomes and feedback
  4. competition or challenge
  5. interaction
  6. representation

Some game features and definitions.

  • Competitive – Goal to achieve better than other persons.
  • Difficulty – Presentations of task that requires effort.
  • Exploration – A context-sensitive virtual environment.
  • Fantasy – A make believe story or environment.
  • Goals – Explicit aims and objectives, with a clear purpose.
  • Interaction – Feedback from actions and changing state of game.
  • Outcomes – Measured results from game play, i.e. scoring.
  • People – Other individuals playing the game at the same time.
  • Rules – Boundaries of play, limitations or constraints.
  • Safety -Lacks consequences of the game in the real world.

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Dedicated Early Childhood and Primary Educator, who strive to empower students to be creative self-directed learners, using education to ignite the fire within themselves and others. Experience in establishing and fostering friendly, understanding agreement between students, parents and teachers that matures into prosperous lasting relationships. Acknowledging God; as the fountain and source of all knowledge.

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