Just a little something that came to my mind that I just had to put to page...
a chart with the columns labelled "challenge purist", "entertainment neutral", and "experience anarchist", with the rows labelled "console purist", "platform neutral", and "media anarchist". the cells are labelled with various kinds of media, all finishing with "is a video game."
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from left to right and then from top to bottom, the labels are: "dark souls", "gone home", "rpg maker", "dragon's lair", "a wikipedia race", "a wifi router configuration page", "a tabletop RPG", "a choose your own adventure book", and "a colouring book"
What is my take? All of these things are video games
ESPECIALLY wifi config pages
@SuricrasiaOnline What box would you put a VHS video game like the early Atmosfears in? Or the later, vaguely interactive, DVD releases?
@SuricrasiaOnline i'd say i'm either entertainment/platform neutral or (console purist OR challenge purist)
@SuricrasiaOnline I'm so mad that I'm right in the middle and I just caught myself thinking "I guess a Wikipedia race sorta IS a video game..."
@SuricrasiaOnline entertainment/platform neutral but not both at once. Dragons lair and gone home are both video games, but a wikipedia race is not
@QueerGirlAudrey If I ever get a chance to challenge Death to a game for a life, I'm gonna challenge It to single-pile NIM. Don't specify the number of coins though, that way you can just slip out an extra if Death insists on you going first.
@SuricrasiaOnline Hm. My gut rules require it to be a game, and to have its rules 'scripted' in a way that doesn't require players to figure the outcome out themselves. RPG Maker is iffy, but I'd be willing to call it a video game. Dragon's Lair, Dark Souls, and Gone Home obviously are. A Wikipedia race isn't, but if you wrote a simple browser extension that ran the timer and recorded the links taken, it could be. The only other iffy one is the CYOA books... I think *some* are, but not all.
@SuricrasiaOnline Namely, those that add a sufficiently complex battle system might cease to be video games. Those that rely solely on choosing from the list of options and maybe writing down a list of items you get certainly are. In the middle, with relatively simple battle systems? It's muddy.
@SuricrasiaOnline D&D clearly is a video game. I hate so much those mechanics. My cleric just spam fireball in fight and that's it, we won. What a gameplay.
@SuricrasiaOnline anarchist here. Hell, I'm in the "msoffice is a video game" camp (excel is SP, outlook is PvP).
@SuricrasiaOnline Platform neutral + Experience Anarchist = Wifi router config as a video game? Oh god!
@SuricrasiaOnline the thing about these chart memes is that it always feels like they're asking the wrong question. For me it's not classified by (x > a, y > b), but by x + y > a.
So Gone Home and Dragon's Lair are both videogames, but a Wikipedia race isn't.
It's a matter of distance from prototype examples.
@SuricrasiaOnline same with this - the BLT is the Prototype Sandwich, the sub and chip butty are clearly sandwiches, the chicken wrap/hot dog/ice cream sandwich are all not conventionally sandwiches but still sandwichOID enough that it feels questionable to say they're truly Non-Sandwiches, and beyond that they're just Definitely Not Sandwich.
@tom absolutely my dear child. any question you might have can be answered by the suricrasiaed onlined
@SuricrasiaOnline is there a chance of the Laptop Stickers ever coming back to the merch store? Not for free, of course.
I got a new computer and it doesn't feel properly connected without one
@SuricrasiaOnline where do I fit if I agree with Gone Home and Dragon's Lair being video games but not a Wikipedia race
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