#1 Posted by geocolumbo (6 posts) -

Hi all, I am writing an important piece about computer games, since we've all played games and have a broad knowledge of about them. I just want your opinion on how you would define what it is. 'what is a computer game'. You don't have to be technical about it, nor you have to research. This is a question based on your experience, bear in mind there is not a precise answer or unique definition to this. be objective about it and just briefly have your say on how you would define a computer game. thank you

#2 Posted by GunstarRed (5907 posts) -


#3 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

Like a game specifically played on a PC? Or are you referring to the broad category of "video games"?

Also, for such an important piece, you could probably do with some proofreading of your own post.

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#5 Posted by JasonR86 (10043 posts) -
#6 Edited by believer258 (13035 posts) -

A video game is a game played through a digital medium, meaning there's always a screen, a computer, and an input.

A computer game is a video game specifically played with a PC. All computer games are video games, but not all video games are computer games.

Of course, if you want to get really technical, anything that plays a video game must be a computer of some sort. When you specifically say "computer", though, it brings to mind, well, a fucking computer.

#7 Edited by StarvingGamer (9291 posts) -

Any piece of interactive entertainment that is made of "0"s and "1"s translated into information on a screen.

#8 Posted by Fredchuckdave (7692 posts) -

A miserable little pile of secrets

#9 Posted by Sweep (9772 posts) -

A sequence of horrific events, culminating in a rape.

#10 Posted by LackingSaint (2002 posts) -

I've never heard of them.

#11 Edited by ShaggE (7299 posts) -

Computer games? I like those!

... So, basically, they can be defined as "a thing that some people like". At least, according to the "Ol' Oxford English", as we wordsmen call it. "Pass me the Ol' Oxford English", we say. Or, in more casual settings, "The Ox". As in, "Hey, guy, let's break out The Ox and get this party started!". At which point we get a little crazy and play the Etymology Game while knocking back near-beers by the dozen. It can get a little ribald, I don't mind telling you! Last year, James wore his cardigan and trousers BACKWARDS! Could you imagine? It implied that his torso and groinal region were backwards, and yet they weren't! I imagine such a disfigurement would cause some issues in the boudoir, according to what I've read about sex! Ha! The farce that would take place!

Some folks of questionable repute prefer to call it the "OxEnDi", but that's goddamn stupid. Those assholes.

#12 Edited by Sin4profit (3234 posts) -

Virtual ice cream cakes.

#13 Posted by TyCobb (2005 posts) -

A loop that draws on the screen and receives input from the user.

@sweep said:

A sequence of horrific events, culminating in a rape.

A loop of rape taking input.

#14 Posted by geocolumbo (6 posts) -

thanks for the response so far, i am trying to form a broad argument about how others define this. this is just part of my research and of course will be referenced to here, so please be objective about it. thanks

#15 Edited by Veektarius (5456 posts) -

Objectively speaking, computer games are a waste of time. But so is all life. But objectively speaking, time is infinite, so it is impossible to waste it. Therefore computer games are meaningful.

#16 Edited by Clonedzero (4206 posts) -

Its a game you play on the computer.

#17 Edited by Jams (3043 posts) -

A miserable little pile of secrets

He asked "What is a computer game?" not what is a fredchuckdave.

#18 Posted by oldenglishC (1118 posts) -

@sweep said:

A sequence of horrific events, culminating in a rape.

You're getting "computer games" confused with "Tuesday nights".

#19 Posted by MonetaryDread (2416 posts) -

@sweep: *Says in a sarcastic tone* As a white male I have to say that your post offended me. How dare you make light of such a serious cultural blight. This post is nothing but the reinforcement of the rape culture that dominates our current society. You are a misogynist and an evil human being who should be shot in the face with a ball of your own shit.

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#22 Posted by believer258 (13035 posts) -

thanks for the response so far, i am trying to form a broad argument about how others define this. this is just part of my research and of course will be referenced to here, so please be objective about it. thanks

So your research paper is going to be about rape, cake, loops, piles, secrets, 0's and 1's, art, and a song from 1979 by a band called "Mi-Sex"?

I'm anticipating this.

#23 Posted by Enai (237 posts) -

Pure gold

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#27 Edited by weekeong (17 posts) -

hmmm...well i've played 100+ games so far... i guess with better technology these days people expect better graphics in games. Although every now and then an amazing indie game like terraria and minecraft pops up and appeal to sandbox crowd. I like free roaming alot. I also like the storyline of games which Far Cry 3 did a pretty good job of keeping the suspense(though im kind of sad at how unfulfilling the ending is) So i guess a computer game is something that entertains you. Some like games for story, challenges, gameplay or its graphics.

#28 Posted by Gruebacca (680 posts) -

I've always used the term "computer game" for games that came out on old PC machines in the 80's and 90's, the kind of games that are obscure and really hard for the average guy to get into. Technically, any game played on an electronic machine is a computer game, but c'mon. Who uses terms in a technical fashion anyway?

It's basically a general term for video games that didn't catch on like "video games" did. In the past, there was quite a bit of ambiguity on what to call video games, and "computer games" was just one of the terms. As we've seen up to today, "video games" has certainly claimed the title. Perhaps the word "video" was more accessible to a general audience than "computer," and if you knew about computers 20-30 years ago, they were anything but simple.

#29 Posted by tourgen (4568 posts) -

a means to program young and impressionable people with the violence skills they will need in life

#30 Posted by Vuud (2052 posts) -

PWN'n NEWWWWBS and RAPING THEIR SHIT is how I define a 'pooter game.

#31 Edited by crithon (3549 posts) -

simple answer, Minecraft on 360 and compare it with PC. Or Team Fortress 2 on PC compared to their console counter parts. Why World of Warcraft never made it onto consoles but there were some decent attempts. There's a community of people willing to try new and interesting things, even if it's insane graphic mod, networking code, or even paying for an server to just play Trackmania.

#32 Edited by PandaBear (1484 posts) -

Forget computer games, the real question is what does the fox say!?

#33 Edited by audioBusting (1810 posts) -

What someone spends time on when they have no friends.

#34 Posted by Village_Guy (2817 posts) -

Should video games talk?

#35 Posted by thatdutchguy (1300 posts) -

It´s the meaning of life.

#36 Posted by ShadowSkill11 (1879 posts) -

...a game... on a computer.

Are we done here?

#37 Posted by Sammo21 (4266 posts) -

When I hear someone say "Computer game" I simply think of a video game played on a PC or laptop: nothing more and nothing less. I know it sounds snarky but a computer game is what it sounds like it is: a game played on the computer.

#38 Edited by chrismafuchris (1154 posts) -

Input is required at least most of the time and there might be a fail state

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#40 Posted by PulledaBrad (631 posts) -

How taco?

#41 Posted by GreggD (4588 posts) -