Vox Republica 158: What Even Is A Game?

Episode 158

Length: 58:09

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DESCRIPTION: They say time flies when you’re having fun, right? Well we must’ve been having a ton of fun, because 5 years have passed in a flash. That’s right – The Cardboard Republic is now 5 years old! And this week, Erin and Ryan reflect on that fact, sharing some thoughts about the era when the started and what they hope for gaming in the future.



QUICK TOPICS – (19:38):

  • We briefly expound on this being the final Vox episode of 2017 and some quick programming announcements.


  • What is the difference between a game and an activity? When it comes to deconstructing what makes a game a game, be it as a mental exercise, a means of categorizing one’s free time, or a healthy discussion of game theory, there has to be a way of creating a clear definition. At least, in theory.
    • In truth, it’s not actually that simple.
    • Erin and Ryan each share their own criteria on how to determine if something is a game or not and compare where they overlap.
    • They also address potential situations where such distinctions can actually have ramifications for certain players.

PLUGS – (56:37):

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Audio Credits: Intro music track is “Swing!” by Bargo!, used under Creative Commons license.