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Submitted by edsmith1990 1026d ago | opinion piece

Why Games Matter Blog - Why the Formalists and Zinesters are Both Wrong

Ed Smith of IBTimes writes: "The contention between these two groups (which, of course, not everyone fits neatly into) stems from, as I said, the definition of 'game.' Put simply, formalists want the definition of game to remain unchanged; zinesters want it adapted to describe works like Journey.

"But both camps are misguided. Rather than be interested in that word 'game', I feel like this debate should start and end with that other word, 'video.' We're looking at two completely different forms of expression here and trying to shoehorn the definition of one into the other is redundant.

"We shouldn't be trying to redefine the word 'game'. We should be looking at creating a new definition for a new word: 'Videogame.'" (Culture, Dear Esther, Dys4ia, Industry)

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