Monday, September 7, 1998:
What would be the player's goal in a game?
Here are a few that I can think of off the top of my head:
Spend some time with the other players.
- How many Bridge games are just an excuse for the players to sit around and chit chat having a good time?
Learn how to pronounce "s" without hissing or lisping.
- Strange as this may appear on the surface, I played the game Sorry for hours and hours when I was in elementary school. I was in speech therapy to learn how to pronounce 'S' without lisping. So rather than sit around saying words over and over again we played a game with lots of 'S' sounds in the game.
Teach your child simple counting skills.
- An adult playing a simple game such as snakes and ladders with a small child may be simply trying to teach said child his or her numbers and the art of counting.
Beat the socks off your older brother.
- Maybe you are tried of what a big mouth poor sport your older brother is and since you are better at the game then he is you relish the thought of grinding him into the dirt over a friendly game of chineese checkers.
Unravel the mathematical mysteries of Game Theory.
- Yep, there are university graduate departments devoted to the study of game theory. Every now and then they may even play a game or two in an effort to understand what is happening on a mathematical level.
These examples should give you a few ideas of what might be meant by the question: "What would be the player's goal in a game?"
Now then. Gather answers to this question yourself. What possible goals for a player can you discover, recall, makeup or weedle out of friends and family?