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19 September 2002 @ 10:07 am
games, the playing of  
Heh. I went to gaming night stuff last night and in the process of playing coallesced my views on game types.

I played one game (Word something or other), where I lost but didn't feel terribly hosed and even managed to still have fun.

I played Programmer's Nightmare, which I will play again to prove to myself that it doesn't suck. I managed to start off well and then become completely hosed for the last hour of game (about 1.5 hours of game play).

I then played Last Card, which I also lost, but didn't feel hosed and would be more than willing to play again despite Tim's creaming of us all.

I believe that a good game provides a balance in play that allows one to enjoy the experience whether one is winning or losing. This is why I liked playing Civilization - I didn't know I was losing that badly until we calculated the scores. It is also the reason why I liked the card games I play, I don't feel like I consistently lose.

More on this in a bit.
Listening to: Jazz
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Qarylla Windragarqarylla on September 19th, 2002 08:08 am (UTC)

That is fairly normal. And it is the biggest flaw of those games that involve "targetting" the person who is winning. Often the targetting goes on long after the person is abjectly losing.
thastygliax on September 19th, 2002 11:30 am (UTC)
The first one was "My Word!", IIRC. I enjoyed it, too, in spite of screwing up a bit too often the first deal or two, before getting the hang of it. (I'm dreading meranthi being introduced to it--it might be like playing both Scrabble + Killer Solitaire with her at once!)

Programmer's Nightmare: Not overly enthused by it. Found it hard to track all the data well enough to make quick decisions.

Last Card: Liked it--and not just because I trounced people. ;-) Not sure how replayable it is long-term, though--haven't played enough to know how much strategy can actually do for you. But I did pick up some of it once my hands stopped being half trump.

I too find that I enjoy games more if I don't always win or always lose, and where they stay fun to play whether you are ahead or not. Frex, I've lost interest in Hearts, because for a while now, I've very consistently gotten slaughtered--and I usually know it's hopeless pretty early on. I'd actually rather play Bridge, because I'm *much* better at that, even though I find it rather fatiguing to play for long.