A Love Declaration to the Refined Gaming Experience
- Andreas Roth(Czot)Sweden
I love a lot of different games. In truth, I love playing just about any game, as there is almost always something to entice keep you focused and interested (I might not play it again, though).Recommend
However, I've come to understand what I rate as one of the top qualities of a game: not being more complex than is necessary.
In a way it's about streamlining - making sure that rules, mechanics and bits are in line with the experience you get from the game. Sure, a lot of rules and choices add depth and variability; but it also make a game prone to AP and extends the game length a lot without necessarily adding to the experience.
I summarize this in the word refined, in the sense that they are excellent in their minimization. A common trait for these games is that you are able to explain the game in one key sentence, which captures most of the game.
In a way, these games works sort of like a best of-list for me; if you add in a few games with more choices such as Race for the Galaxy, Paths of Glory, Cuba, Container and RoboRally. It's "gateway games", it's "light games", it's "fillers" - but really it's just the essence of gaming.
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