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Why I love abstract games
  • NickBentley at 2019-01-08

    I’ve been on vacation in Mexico, and it put me in the mood to reflect on things I don’t normally think about. It led to an essay in which I try to articulate why abstract games mean so much to me. 

    I tried to go beyond the usual “I-like-X-because-of-features-Y-and-Z” explanation. It was hard to write.
    Here it is
    Does any of what I say accord with your own feelings? Do you have entirely different reasons for caring about these games?

  • Galdian at 2019-01-08

    That was a pleasant read, thanks! :)

  • The_Burglar at 2019-01-08

    Maybe try the Japanese language method subject-object-verb

    Subject=abstract, allow free thinking but follow the rulez

    Object=board, a limited area but with nearly unlimited possibilities

    Verb=games, all win if it’s fair and live to play another day

  • Nagy Fathy ★ at 2019-01-11

    Thank you nick for this nice article, I never thought about meditation, but it is clear I was practicing it everyday when I come here :-) .

  • Rbpompeu at 2019-01-13

    Excellent! Congrats Nick! Great article!!!!!

  • NickBentley at 2019-01-14

    thanks kindly :)

  • Force majeure at 2019-01-14

    Yeah, very nice article. Totally agree on basically all points.

  • blueblimp at 2019-01-16

    I’m curious what are your thoughts on the importance of 2 players vs 1 player, since Nurikabe, for example, has the other qualities you list, though perhaps not as much depth.

  • NickBentley at 2019-01-16

    I don’t have much an opinion about 1p games, as I don’t play them much. 

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