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Kabel Kabelsson
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I am trying to understand why certain games are more fun then others.

I would like to hear some thoughts from you all.

What makes a game fun?
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I guess the layout has to be appealing. Some cute bits and bobs in it. I like historical themed games best, since I am a history buff. Also, we shouldn`t forget the social benefits of gaming. If it is a game that consists of a lot of thinking I tend to check out a bit, get bored, can`t pay attention. So quick, easy games I find fun, where there is plenty of time to interact with the other players. Oh, and co-op games makes us work together as a team, and I`m a team player!!
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A sense of accomplishment
Competition
Unpredictability
Good components/ presentation
Interesting decisions
Unique mechanics(and lots of them!)
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Most often the people you play with arrrh
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gameslore wrote:
Most often the people you play with

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gameslore wrote:
Most often the people you play with arrrh

+1.

Also, for me it can depend on the mood I'm in. Sometimes something light like Transamerica scratches the itch, other times it's something like Caylus, or a wargame. Different games are fun at different times.
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Elida wrote:
... Some cute bits and bobs in it....
A fun answer if you saw an extra "O" in that answer, like I originally did.

Fun happens when I'm temporarily "the best" at something; as in better than the people that I play with. It's even more fun if the other players demand a rematch and they still can't beat you the next time.
Friendly competition. That's the ticket.
 
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Interesting and meaningful decisions make a game fun for me. Even better if they don't require tons of AP
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Some people play for fun, other people play to win. I combine the two ... I think winning is funny..
 
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Kabelkorven wrote:
What makes a game fun?

This question could mean many things and have many answers accordingly:

1. Nothing. Fun is not a property of games.

2. Experiencing fun while playing a game makes that game fun.

3. [Synonym of fun] makes a game fun.

4. Lolcats make a game fun.
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"The people you play with" is definitely not a property of games.
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It will be different to different people. Some people think that Through The Ages is the best game ever made and others think its horrible. Those people must have different ideas of what 'fun' is. I discuss my criteria here:

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/653509/why-settlers-is-my-fa...

In short:

Minimal downtime
End-game tension
Negotiation
Elegance
Strategy rather than tactics

Having good thematic integration also makes a game fun.
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What makes a game fun? The short answer is that it's engaging.

Games can engage the players or make the player disengage in different ways.

Down time is a way to disegage the players
Theme, player interaction, intuitive gameplay, options, a good narrative are ways to engage the players.
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A game which encourages people to really get into the theme and ham it up, like King of Tokyo when playing eith the kids, or when playing adults and older kids, Lord of the Rings, which is full fo the mood and full of impending doom.



 
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This diagram I got from this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Rules-Play-Game-Design-Fundamentals/dp...

Basically what they are saying is that games need to go from "1" to "4" without passing through "2" or "3" to be fun.
 
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I enjoy games that you have to plan before you play. I love army building because I think picking the perfect mix of troops is as fun as fighting with them. You can probably tell I use to be a 40K player.
 
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If there is laughter involved.
 
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Immersion
 
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Laughter, immersion and Combat Engineer are more examples of things that are not properties of games.
 
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The topic isn't very clear, but the "why certain games are more fun then others" bit made me think that the question should be read as "What makes a game fun [as opposed to some other game]". But I could be super wrong and it doesn't matter much, except that I reserve the right to spout off lists of things that are not properties of games.
 
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world eater wrote:
Kaffedrake wrote:
Laughter, immersion and Combat Engineer are more examples of things that are not properties of games.

No, you're not doing it right.

The question was asked, "what makes a game fun?"

What makes a game fun? for me maybe its standing on a chair and throwing rocks at it from the next room.

The key point is that games are not "fun". Fun is not a property of a game. Player's experiences and perceptions of the game are considered "fun" by those same players. Ergo, "fun" is a property of players (when intersecting with a game).

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The question was not asked, "what properties of a game make it fun?" which appears to be the question you would prefer everyone answer.

Not quite.
 
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clearclaw wrote:
world eater wrote:
Kaffedrake wrote:
Laughter, immersion and Combat Engineer are more examples of things that are not properties of games.

No, you're not doing it right.

The question was asked, "what makes a game fun?"

What makes a game fun? for me maybe its standing on a chair and throwing rocks at it from the next room.

The key point is that games are not "fun". Fun is not a property of a game. Player's experiences and perceptions of the game are considered "fun" by those same players. Ergo, "fun" is a property of players (when intersecting with a game).

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The question was not asked, "what properties of a game make it fun?" which appears to be the question you would prefer everyone answer.

Not quite.
How 'bout "What properties of games tend to elicit a sense of fun in most players?"

Or "What is it about games that most people consider fun?"

Or "What is it about games that you consider fun?"
 
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