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Edward Uhler
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Interesting

*Cue the grumpy, yet-not-so-old-man*

Ok, we as gamers, HAVE to find a new adjective and stop using interesting.. We, collectively, have run that word into the ground. Every game is interesting, every game has at least one interesting mechanic. Ok, I get it. Every game that ever existed has something about it that is interesting.

Can we please try and use the occasional different adjective when talking about a game either with our friends or, hell, in most every board gaming podcast out there? UNCLE!

GET OFF MY LAWN!

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My use sources from the sciences, most particularly the mathematics, in which it is common to describe something as interesting that carries unexpected and revelatory properties.
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Indeed, interesting is used way too often, including by yours truly. However, it's a very useful word. It signals that something is worth attention, but in a rather neutral way; words like exciting and appealing certainly sound less neutral. I guess intriguing could serve as a good synonym, though.
 
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I recommend BGG run a script replacing all instances of interesting with elegant.

Better?
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"Interesting" still has a vital place in the gamer's vocabulary though.

It is the perfect way to screw with your opponents' heads.

One of the guys I play with will say it after you make a non-obvious move. Sometimes it means, "that was a good move" sometimes it means "what the hell are you thinking." You just never know which.

You think hard about it, make your move, and he just says, "Interesting."

Then you spend the next 10 minutes wondering what he saw that you didn't and how screwed you are.

It's so effective, I've started using it myself and can't stop.
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This is an interesting thread.
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Gelatinous Goo wrote:
"Interesting" still has a vital place in the gamer's vocabulary though.

It is the perfect way to screw with your opponents' heads.

One of the guys I play with will say it after you make a non-obvious move. Sometimes it means, "that was a good move" sometimes it means "what the hell are you thinking." You just never know which.

You think hard about it, make your move, and he just says, "Interesting."

Then you spend the next 10 minutes wondering what he saw that you didn't and how screwed you are.

It's so effective, I've started using it myself and can't stop.


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eapeas wrote:
Ok, we, as gamers HAVE to find a new adjective and stop using interesting.. We, collectively, have run that word into the ground. Every game is interesting, every game has at least one interesting mechanic. Ok, I get it. Every game that ever existed has something about it that is interesting.

Can we please try and use the occasional different adjective when talking about a game either with our friends or, hell, in most every board gaming podcast out there? UNCLE!

You raise an interesting point.

Gelatinous Goo wrote:
"Interesting" still has a vital place in the gamer's vocabulary though.

It is the perfect way to screw with your opponents' heads.

One of the guys I play with will say it after you make a non-obvious move. Sometimes it means, "that was a good move" sometimes it means "what the hell are you thinking." You just never know which.

You think hard about it, make your move, and he just says, "Interesting."

Then you spend the next 10 minutes wondering what he saw that you didn't and how screwed you are.

It's so effective, I've started using it myself and can't stop.


Try this... after they make a move just say "Huh." Look at the board with your head cocked sideways for a second, then slowly nod to yourself.
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I'm open to suggestions for replacement words. Nothing comes immediately to mind as a word that conveys what "interesting" does when describing a board game.

To me, describing a game or an element of a game as "interesting" means that it was different from what I've seen before (or from what I would have expected) in a not-unpleasant way.

Just calling it "different" doesn't convey the right connotation, as "different" can easily be bad. Calling it some variant on "good" isn't right, either, because it could be exactly what I would have expected (thus not different), or "good" may be too strong a word (it's different and not bad, but not quite good either).

"Interesting" conveys that the thing caught my attention and I was glad to have paid attention to it. "Attention-grabbing" might work here (though that's a stronger term than "interesting" is). Perhaps "noteworthy" could serve as well.

Ultimately, "interesting" is a useful word when describing an element of a board game. I would only object to overuse of a word like this if I found the word to be essentially empty. "Interesting" may be used a lot, but it's not empty.

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eapeas wrote:
Interesting

*Cue the grumpy, yet-not-so-old-man*

Ok, we, as gamers HAVE to find a new adjective and stop using interesting.. We, collectively, have run that word into the ground. Every game is interesting, every game has at least one interesting mechanic. Ok, I get it. Every game that ever existed has something about it that is interesting.

Can we please try and use the occasional different adjective when talking about a game either with our friends or, hell, in most every board gaming podcast out there? UNCLE!

GET OFF MY LAWN!

/rant



To be honest, all the use of interesting does is denote a point of interest, that you then elaborate further on. In that sense it's both valid and kinda redundant at the same time, in the sense that it leads from one point to another across a review or what have you, but it is the expectation that the point that you are making is of interest to you in the context of a review else you likely wouldn't be raising it.
 
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ChaosAndAlchemy wrote:
I'm open to suggestions for replacement words. Nothing comes immediately to mind as a word that conveys what "interesting" does when describing a board game.

To me, describing a game or an element of a game as "interesting" means that it was different from what I've seen before (or from what I would have expected) in a not-unpleasant way.

Just calling it "different" doesn't convey the right connotation, as "different" can easily be bad. Calling it some variant on "good" isn't right, either, because it could be exactly what I would have expected (thus not different), or "good" may be too strong a word (it's different and not bad, but not quite good either).

"Interesting" conveys that the thing caught my attention and I was glad to have paid attention to it. "Attention-grabbing" might work here (though that's a stronger term than "interesting" is). Perhaps "noteworthy" could serve as well.

Ultimately, "interesting" is a useful word when describing an element of a board game. I would only object to overuse of a word like this if I found the word to be essentially empty. "Interesting" may be used a lot, but it's not empty.

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I completely agree. But when every single game is described as "interesting" and every mechanic described as "interesting", it loses its meaning....
 
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Adjectives in general are over-used around here.
 
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As a replacement I suggest:

Fascinating

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So I think everyone should just decide on a new adjective to replace it; problem solved.

Now we just need to think of which word...

I'm going to use sexy.

I'll let you know how it goes.
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thedacker wrote:
This is an interesting thread.


I find your comment a little puzzly.
 
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Ok, we as gamers, HAVE to find a new adjective and stop using whatever word we find to replace interesting.. We, collectively, have run that word into the ground. Every game is the word we use to replace interesting, every game has at least one word to replace interesting mechanic. Ok, I get it. Every game that ever existed has something about it that is word to replace interesting.
 
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I propose:

Froody
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Hoopy.
 
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super_bruno wrote:
I propose:

Froody

Don’t adjectivize nouns.
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HuginnGreiling wrote:
super_bruno wrote:
I propose:

Froody

Don’t adjectivize nouns.


But you can verb them.
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Hey, if we can verb anything in the English language, we can adjectivize too!
 
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Gelatinous Goo wrote:
HuginnGreiling wrote:
super_bruno wrote:
I propose:

Froody

Don’t adjectivize nouns.

But you can verb them.

Verbing weirds language.
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eapeas wrote:


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Because they grow into cats
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Kempeth wrote:
As a replacement I suggest:

Fascinating



Might be more fun/amusing to just say Spock.
 
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SkyShadow38 wrote:

Might be more fun/amusing to just say Spock.



That's, "Spaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhk"
 
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thedacker wrote:
So I think everyone should just decide on a new adjective to replace it; problem solved.

Now we just need to think of which word...

I'm going to use sexy.

I'll let you know how it goes.


Awesome! I'm going to piggyback on you, use sexy as well, AND link it back to your reply. Maybe we can start a trend.
 
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