The Secret Ingredient Needed to Make Anything a ‘Real Game’

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There's been some heated discussion as to whether Proteus—Ed Key and David Tanaga's award-winning lo-fi ambient exploration game—can be called a game. All the back-and-forth boils down to just so much fooferaw. But, if you want to nail Proteus down to a more restrictive, AAA-centric definition of what a game is, then cartoonist Zac Gorman is here to help you.


Want to see more of Zac's work? Head over to his personal blog and game-themed site Magical Game Time. If you're feeling commercial, you can buy prints and shirts here. He'll be back on Kotaku with a new comic same time next month!

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electrogremliin
electrogremliin

IT IS UP TO EVERYONE TO DEFINE WORDS FOR THEM ...SELVES!

What is the meaning of the word game? We ARE the creators of OUR language,

but words have a different meaning to each and every person.

Its a "game" if we want it to be, so for some YES others No.

But obviously, it is! As buying groceries or looking for letters of the alphabet on a roadtrip is a game...counting TREES can be a game.