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Don’t Say “Gameplay,” Say What You Mean Instead

UM writes: Consider the following phrases (as invented by the author of the article that began this line of discussion, Alex Kierkegaard).

“This book has good bookread”

“This movie has good moviewatch”

Both phrases illustrate the outright ridiculousness of the word “gameplay.” A game is something you play. Period. To try and skirt around this issue by separating elements vital to the definition of a videogame – the “gameplay” – from elements that don’t actually affect how the game is played misses the entire point of what makes a game good in the first place. When referring to the “gameplay”, you lump together a massive wad of things that make a game enjoyable or even worth playing at all.

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