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game : activity engaged in for diversion or amusement (game, 2015) [1] blank.gif Webster | OneLook | Visuwords See also Game Development Dictionary, GameDev.net
Game is a structured activity, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool. Games are distinct from work, which is usually carried out for remuneration, and from art, which is more concerned with the expression of ideas. A game can also be distinguished from play which is usually unstructured, and a puzzle which requires a strong mental concentration and is undertaken alone. However, the distinction is not clear-cut, and many games are also considered to be work (such as professional players of spectator sports/games) or art (such as jigsaw puzzles or games involving an artistic layout such as Mahjong, solitaire, or some video games). (Game, 2015) [2] Wikipedia
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humor | toy | hobby | game | competition | adventure | spectacle
Subheadings

tic-tac-toe | hangman | scrabble | tiddlywinks | charades
board game | checkers | chess
games of chance | roulette | bingo | backgammon | dominoes
card game | solitaire | cribbage | whist | bridge | pinochle | rummy | poker | blackjack
puzzle | crossword
simulation | role-play | sport


Spotlight


World Video Game Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2015


Mario joins Pac-Man, Doom as first to enter Video Game Hall of Fame


The World Video Game Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York, recognizes the most popular and influential games of all time (World Video Game Hall of Fame)
International Center for the History of Electronic Games (National Museum of Play)
International Center for the History of Electronic Games (Wikipedia)
The National Museum of Play (Wikipedia)

900 Classic Arcade Games Now Available To Play Straight From Your Browser


Play 900 Classic Video Games in Your Browser (Stephanie Mlot, PC Mag)
Goodbye weekend plans Internet Archive now lets you play 900 classic arcade games (Seth Fiegerman, Mashable)

Arcade Game (Wikipedia)
Internet Arcade (Internet Archive)

Jump


Use these links to jump straight to some of the most popular types of resources based upon what you want to do.

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Start


These are a few of the best general resources about "games", and so they are a great place to get started.

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Directory


Click on the names of the directories to see lists of the best resources about "games" on the web.

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Resources


Traditional games making a comeback


Moksha-Patamu, Snakes and Ladders (Masters Traditional Games Shop)

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Type

Subject Specific Links
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GameSpot.com
reference

Fact Monster, games & quizes Game terminology (Wikipedia)
dictionary

Game developer's dictionary OneLook Merriam-Webster Newbury House Random House Free Wiktionary Visuwords
glossary

Game programmer glossary Video game glossary
thesaurus

Merriam-Webster
encyclopedia

GamePressure, Games Encyclopedia Wikipedia
introduction

Games of the world: How to make them, how to play them, how they came to be (Grunfeld)
outline

Wikipedia outline of games
guide

The online guide to traditional games What they play, the family guide to video games
classification

Serious games taxonomy (Ben Sawyer & Peter Smith)
theory

GameTheory.net Game theory (Wikipedia)
directory

Specific Games (Internet Public Library)
Computer/Video/Arcade Games (Internet Public Library)
Dewey 793 Indoor games and amusements (BUBL LINK)
Dewey 794 Indoor games of skill (BUBL LINK)
Dewey 795 Games of chance (BUBL LINK)
Best of the Web Joe Ant GeniusFind
Free dmoz Commercial Best of the Web
search

DuckDuckGo WolframAlpha
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50 Greatest game innovations (Ernest Adams, Bloomberg Bsinessweek)


The game layer on top of the world (Seth Priebatsch, TEDxBoston))

creativity

Research finds video games can impact creativity (Nathalie Caron)
equipment

Game room games & accessories
science

The science of games (Michio Kaku) The secret glossary of social games analytics
research

Game research and technology (Craig Reynolds) Digital Game Research Association (DiGRA)
application

GAMASUTRA: The Art and Business of Making Games Make games online


How to make video games

invention

Toy & game inventors
commerce

Hoovers Thomas Reg. CorporateInfo
entrepreneurship

GamesIndustry.biz Sloperama's game biz advice
product

shop GameSpot, marketplace Amazon, video games Amazon, game downloads Top selling games on eBay gift A gift guide for gamers of all types (Larry Frum, CNN) Zazzle
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Where games go to sleep: The game preservation crisis, part 1 (John Andersen) part 2 (John Andersen) Game Preservation SIG, IGDA The Vintage Game Preservation Society (Les Chappell) Beyond video game preservation
history

Tradgames (Masters Traditional Games Shop) Games history (Goggle Directory)
timeline

Historic games timeline
museum

Classic gaming museum
archive

The game archives (computer)
library

Library of Congress
lcsh

WorldCat (OAIster) Library of Congress UPenn Online Books Open Library Hathi Trust
book

ISBNdb Google Books eBooks.com Barnes and Noble Amazon eBay Books
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Collaborative environments, online games, participatory design
education
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Toward a theory of game-media literacy: Playing and building as reading and writing (Idit Harel Caperton) Making games after-school: Participatory game design in non-formal learning environments (Kevin Clark, Jami Brandt, Rhonda Hopkins & Jason Wilhelm)
early

Early childhood games
primary

Fact Monster Games kids play
tertiary

Top game design programs, Princeton Review & Game Pro Magazine (undergraduate & graduate)
course

Open Education Consortium
community

GameDev.net
faq

GameFAQs GameFAQs (Wikipedia)
trivia

Fun trivia quiz
group

Games Groups (Yahoo)
occupation

Make games online Gaming Careers (GameDev.net)


How to get paid to play video games, Howcast

network

Games Network
blog

WordPress
organization

International Game Developer's Association IGDA (Wikipedia) Game Theory Society Digital Game Research Association (DiGRA) Association of Game and Puzzle collectors
rule

EveryRule.com
event

PAX East Game Developer's Conference, San Francisco, CA 2010
news

Game Spot Games Industry.biz Game Daily News Popular Science - Entertainment & Gaming ScienceDaily, video games Entertainment & Gaming (Popular Science) NPR Archives Google News
publication

Game developers and publishers (Google Directory)
periodical

Games Magazine
government

USA.gov
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Games are vehicles for self expression Dream Machines: How games are unleashing the human imagination (Will Wright, Wired)
fun

Fun, play and games: What makes games engaging (Marc Prensky) [pdf]
humor

Riddles
toy

Amazon Toys
hobby

Collecting Games and Toys (Internet Public Library)
game

games about games Little Big Planet Mockingbird, The game making game
play

GameSpot FunBrain A Game a Day Game Room Game Demo Depot Play live skill games (Chess, Backgammon, Card, etc) OY1 Games
competition

Independent games festival Global Game Jam


IGDA 48 Hour Game Making Competition

More about the 48 Hour Project...
art

The Art of Game Design (Jesse Schell) Are video games art? (Wired) Theater festival turns videogames into performance art Game art galleries (Creative Uncut)
song

SongLyrics
belief

The effects of trust and enjoyment on intention to play online games (Jiming Wu & De Liu)
forecast

Future of games (Jesse Schell, DICE 2010)


Future gaming technology

science fiction

Science fiction games (Wikipedia) Top 10 greatest sci-fi games (Scyfilove) Best sci-fi games of all time (UGO)
fantasy

Fantasy games (Wikipedia) Top 10 fantasy video games of all time (FantasyBookNews.com)
controversy

Video game controversy (Wikipedia)
rumor

Rumor Control (GameSpot) Game guru, rumors (scroll down to find) Video game rumors, Yardbarker Snopes.com
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Electronic


electronic game : The term electronic game is the hypernym of the terms computer game, video game and mobile game. The term video game is historically restricted to games played on game consoles. The term computer game is used to refer to electronic games played on a general purpose computer. Wictionary
Electronic game is a game that employs electronics to create an interactive system with which a player can play. The most common form of electronic game today is the video game, and for this reason the terms are often mistakenly used synonymously. Other common forms of electronic game include such non-exclusively-visual products as handheld electronic games, standalone systems (e.g. pinball, slot machines, or electro-mechanical arcade games), and specifically non-visual products (e.g. audio games). There are electronic game sets for chess, draughts and many others. (Electronic game, 2012) [3]blank.gif Wikipedia
Category: Electronic and Video games (Wikipedia)
Outline of electronic and video games (Wikipedia)
List of books on computer and video games (Wikipedia)

Digital Game Research Association (DiGRA)
Boston Post Mortem

See also on this site...
Brøderbund, Myst
Wizards of the Coast, D&D
Blizzard, World of Warcraft
Maxis, Sims

History


Electronic Game History

History of Video Games Pt 1 - Spacewar! (The Irate Gamer)


See also on this site...
Hingham Institute, Spacewar!

International Center for the History of Electronic Games (National Museum of Play)

History of Video Games, Course (University of Baltimore) History of Video Games, Bibliography (University of Baltimore)

Video-Game Rooms Become the Newest Library Space Invaders (Ben Wieder, Chronicle of Higher Ed)
U. of Texas Builds the Retro Video-Game Archive of the Future (Ben Wieder, Chronicle of Higher Ed)

Classic video games get remastered (Mike Snider, USA TODAY)


Pinball


Pinball Hall of Fame | TechCrunch Makers


Pinball Museum.org (Official Site)
Pinball Hall of Fame (Fan Site)
Pinball Hall of Fame (Wikipedia)

Simple (Pin)Ball, Click the picture or link below to play a live 3D game!

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Simple (Pin)Ball (Google Chrome Experiments)

MOMA


'Arcade' Coming To New York City's Museum of Modern Art (ClevverGames)


Museum of Modern Art Puts Its Game Face On (Yannick LeJacq, Wall Street Journal Blogs)
Museum of Modern Art launches videogames collection (Jonathan Ore, CBC News)
NY museum calls Pac-Man, Tetris 'modern art' (New York Post via Fox News)

Fantasia


Fantasia: Music Evolved Announcement Trailer


Harmonix, Disney make music together (Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe)

Harmonix Music Systems (Official Site)
Harmonix Music Systems (Wikipedia)

Arcade

Arcade game is a coin-operated entertainment machine, usually installed in public businesses, such as restaurants, bars, and particularly amusement arcades. Most arcade games are video games, pinball machines, electro-mechanical games, redemption games, and merchandisers. The golden age of arcade video games was from the late 1970s through the 1980s. While arcade games were still relatively popular during the 1990s, this type of media saw a continuous decline in popularity in the Western world when video game consoles made the transition from 2D to 3D. Despite this, arcades remain popular in Asia through to the present day. The term "arcade game" is also, in recent times, used to refer to a video game that was designed to look like a classic arcade game (adopting an isometric view, 2D graphics, scores, lives, etc.) but instead released on platforms such as XBLA or PC. (Arcade game, 2015) [4]blank.gif Wikipedia
The Last Starfighter Theatrical Trailer


History of Gaming Episode 2 w / BarnInEffect


Golden age of video arcade games (Wikipedia)
Computer/Video/Arcade Games (Internet Public Library)

PacMan Live! (Google)
Space Invaders (Google)
PONG (Google)

Gaming Reimagined - Atari Arcade


Atari Arcade - Behind the Scenes


Microsoft, Atari Bring Arcade Classics to the Web (Scott Gilbertson, WebMonkey)
Atari Arcade Games Reimagined With CreateJS (Ian Elliot, iProgrammer)
Review: Atari Arcade brings retro joystick gaming back on iPad (Raymond Wong, DVICE)

Atari Arcade (Atari)

See also on this site...
Atari, Asteroids & Pong

Video

Video game is an electronic game that involves human interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device. The word video in video game traditionally referred to a raster display device, but following popularization of the term "video game", it now implies any type of display device. The electronic systems used to play video games are known as platforms; examples of these are personal computers and video game consoles. These platforms range from large mainframe computers to small handheld devices. Specialized video games such as arcade games, while previously common, have gradually declined in use. Video games have gone on to become an art form and industry. (Video game, 2015) [5]blank.gif Wikipedia

Digital World - A Brief History of Video Games


The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon--The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World (Kent, 2010) [6]

The video game revolution (PBS)
Video games timeline (InfoPlease)
Video games portal (Wikipedia) Video game culture (Wikipedia)
The Art of Video Games

The World's Largest Video Game Collection -
Michael Thomasson's Guinness Book of World Records Event



NY Man Holds New Guinness Record for Video Game Collection (Stephanie Mlot, PC Mag)
NY man's 10,607 video games secure Guinness title (Carolyn Thompson, Seattle Times)

Console


Console game is a form of interactive multimedia used for entertainment. The game consists of manipulable images (and usually sounds) generated by a video game console, and displayed on a television or similar audio-video system. The game itself is usually controlled and manipulated using a handheld device connected to the console called a controller. The controller generally contains a number of buttons and directional controls (such as analog joysticks) each of which has been assigned a purpose for interacting with and controlling the images on the screen. The display, speakers, console, and controls of a console can also be incorporated into one small object known as a handheld game console. (Console game, 2015) [7]blank.gif Wikipedia

GAME.COM console review


Nintendo's Wii (Official Site)
Nintendo's Wii (Wikipedia)

Sony's PlayStation 3 (Official Site)
Sony's PlayStation 3 (Wikipedia)

Microsoft's Xbox (Official Site)
Microsoft's Xbox (Wikipedia)

See also Microsoft

Mobile


Mobile game is a video game played on a mobile phone, smartphone, PDA, tablet computer, portable media player or calculator. This does not include games played on dedicated handheld video game systems such as Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita.

Mobile games are played using the technology present on the device itself. For networked games, there are various technologies in common use. Examples include text message (SMS), multimedia message (MMS) or GPS location identification. The first two-player game for mobile phones was a variant of the Snake game for the Nokia 6110, using the infrared port. However, there are non networked applications, that simply use the device platform to run the game software. The games may be installed over the air, side loaded onto the handset with a cable, or may be embedded in the handheld devices by the OEM or by the mobile operator.

Mobile games are usually downloaded via the mobile operator's network, but in some cases are also loaded in the mobile handsets when purchased, via infrared connection, Bluetooth, or memory card. (Mobile game, 2015) [8]blank.gif Wikipedia


Top 10 Mobile Games


Serious

Serious game is a game designed for a primary purpose other than pure entertainment. The "serious" adjective is generally prepended to refer to products used by industries like defense, education, scientific exploration, health care, emergency management, city planning, engineering, religion, and politics. (Serious game, 2015) [9]blank.gif Wikipedia
Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world


Jane McGonigal (Official Site)
Jane McGonigal (Wikipedia))

Six Wonderful Things About Games (Jon Radoff's Internet Wonderland)
Games in the Classroom, part 2 (Anastasia Salter, Chronicle of Higher Education)

Serious Game Classification

Fun


How to win at rock-paper-scissors


Top Games of 2012


Top Games UpComing 2012 / 2013 (Pt.1)


What They Play (IGN Entertainment)

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Humor


If Video Games Were Real


Online


GameSpot
FunBrain
A Game a Day
Game Room
Game Demo Depot
Play skill games (Chess, Backgammon, Card, etc) against live opponents
OY1 Games
Lego Online

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    GamesIndustry.biz
    Video Games News -- ScienceDaily
    • New studies illustrate how gamers get good Yesterday
      Researchers used data from online video games to study what kinds of practice and habits help people acquire skill. Beyond simply learning about what makes gamers good, the investigators hope that the work will shed light more generally on the ways in which people can optimize their performance in other domains.
    • Social exclusion in virtual realities has a negative social and emotional impact in 'real' life Feb 16, 2017
      In this age of highly realistic computer games and increasingly popular social networks, social exclusion in virtual worlds is becoming more and more socially significant, as is demonstrated by the growing number of "cyber mobbing" cases. However, up until now, very little research has been carried out into the impact of social exclusion in the digital world upon real-life social behavior, and hardly any that addresses the latest developments such as Virtual Reality (VR) glasses. A study has ...
    • Learning chemistry within Minecraft video game Feb 15, 2017
      Scientists are exploring whether teaching real-world science through a popular computer game may offer a more engaging and effective educational approach than traditional concepts of instruction. A group of 39 college students from diverse majors played an enhanced version of the popular video game "Minecraft" and learned chemistry in the process, despite being given no in-class science instruction.
    • GameSpace offers a playable visualization of 16,000 videogames Feb 14, 2017
      Finding information about videogames can now be a game in itself, thanks to researchers. They created GameSpace, a playable visualization of 16,000 videogames grouped according to common features and displayed in 3-dimensional space like a vast galaxy of games available for exploration.
    • More screen time for kids isn't all that bad Feb 7, 2017
      Chances are that your children will turn out OK even though they spend hours playing video games or watching TV, according to a new study that found that there is only a negligibly small association between excessive screen time and higher levels of depression and delinquency among teenagers.
    • Atlanta Falcons predicted to win Super Bowl Feb 1, 2017
      The Atlanta Falcons will defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51. This prediction comes from a researcher who backs his claim with seven years of National Football League (NFL) data and statistics.
    • Video game ratings work, if you use them Jan 25, 2017
      Nearly every video game sold or downloaded comes with a rating that provides age-appropriate guidelines based on the game's content. Critics have questioned the effectiveness of ratings, but new research finds children spend less time playing violent video games when their parents use the rating system to guide purchases and set rules for video game play.
    • Engineers eat away at Ms Pac-Man score with artificial player Jan 23, 2017
      Using a novel approach for computing real-time game strategy, engineers have developed an artificial Ms. Pac-Man player that chomps the existing high score for computerized play.
    • The importance of beating buffering Jan 14, 2017
      Streaming video over mobile networks could be greatly improved by smart prioritization of visually important data, report investigators.
    • In teens, strong friendships may mitigate depression associated with excessive video gaming Jan 12, 2017
      Teenagers who play video games for more than four hours a day suffer from symptoms of depression, but frequent use of social media and instant messaging may mitigate symptoms of game addiction in these teens, new research suggests.



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