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A GAME is structured playing, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool. Games are distinct from work, which is usually carried out for remuneration, and from art, which is more often an expression of aesthetic or ideological elements. However, the distinction is not clear-cut, and many games are also considered to be work (such as professional players of spectator sports/games) or art (such as jigsaw puzzles or games involving an artistic layout such as Mahjong, solitaire, or some video games).

Key components of games are goals, rules, challenge, and interaction. Games generally involve mental or physical stimulation, and often both. Many games help develop practical skills, serve as a form of exercise, or otherwise perform an educational, simulational, or psychological role.

Attested as early as 2600 BC, games are a universal part of human experience and present in all cultures. The Royal Game of Ur, Senet, and Mancala are some of the oldest known games.

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  • 2 tantalising teasers from the prince of puzzles - The Guardian.
  • 9 DARTER - YouTube. Michael van Gerwen: almost 2 in a row. 17 perfect darts!
  • 50 BEST BOARD GAMES - source: The Independent.
  • 300 New Words Added to Scrabble Dictionary - "Scrabble enthusiasts will have 300 new words added to the Scrabble dictionary to up their game, thanks to the sixth edition of the popular board game."
  • Agresti Casino Royale Multi-Game Armoire - roulette, backgammon, bridge, blackjack, chess, poker, mah-jong, dominos, and playing cards.
  • ANGRY BIRDS - popular casual puzzle video game. Immensely popular among smartphone users.
  • Bezique - 19th-century French melding and trick-taking card game for two players.
  • bet your brain - "The game where everybody has a chance."
  • Board Game Geek - "Gaming Unplugged since 2000." The main 'go to' site to learn about games. Online board gaming resource and community. The site is updated on a real-time basis by its large and still growing user base, making the 'Geek the largest and most up-to-date place to get gaming information!
  • BOCCIA - a traditional recreational sport for athletes who require a wheelchair because of physical disability.
  • BOULE LYONNAISE - the aim is to throw your boules (balls) as close to the jack as possible, and keep them there.
  • BRUNSWICK BOWLING - the recognized leader in the bowling industry. Manufacturers of world class bowling balls, bowling shoes, bowling equipment.
  • Can you solve these fiendishly difficult puzzles? - The guardian.
  • Canasta - card game of the rummy family of games believed to be a variant of 500 Rum. Although many variations exist for two, three, five or six players, it is most commonly played by four in two partnerships with two standard decks of cards. Players attempt to make melds of seven cards of the same rank and "go out" by playing all cards in their hand. It is the only partnership member of the family of Rummy games to achieve the status of a classic.
  • Churchill Solitaire - not a game for everyone. It takes patience and perseverance, cunning and concentration, and strategy and sacrifice.
  • Modern croquet equipment.
  • CROQUET - lawn game, played both as a recreational pastime and as a competitive sport.
  • Dead of Winter - "A Crossroads Game." Meta-cooperative psychological survival game. This means the players are working together toward one common victory condition--but for each individual player to achieve victory, they must also complete their personal secret objective. It puts 2-5 players together in a small, weakened colony of survivors in a world where most of humanity are either dead or diseased, flesh-craving monsters. Each player leads a faction of survivors with dozens of different characters in the game.
  • DIPLOMACY - strategic board wargame. John F. Kennedy's and Henry Kissinger's favorite game.
  • Draughts - or checkers (American English) is a group of strategy board games for two players which involve diagonal moves of uniform game pieces and mandatory captures by jumping over opponent pieces.
  • E3 | ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO - annual trade show for the computer and video games industry presented by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). E3 is widely considered to be the ultimate expo in the video game industry.
  • Eeny, meeny, miny, moe - children's counting rhyme, used to select a person to be "it" for games (such as tag) and similar purposes such as counting out a child who has to be excluded from a group of children as part of a playground game.
  • EIGA | EUROPEAN INNOVATIVE GAMES AWARD
  • Exploring the Different Types of Board Games + REAL Examples (2018) - Game Cows.
  • FEZ - platform game.
  • fidget spinner craze goes global - The Guardian.
  • ForeverSpin spinning tops.
  • ForeverSpin - "ForeverSpin has brought back the world's oldest toy!" Precision, Durability and Elegance is what sets Foreverspin™ apart from other spinning tops. A Spinning Top that is built to last forever.
  • GAME CRITICS AWARDS - best of E3.
  • GEOCACHING - special treasure hunt for finding objects called "geocaches", which can be anything from a small metal tube to tupperware to ammunition cans. To join the hunt, you must have a GPS-enabled device and a free membership at Geocaching.com.
  • Gobblet strategy board game.
  • GOBBLET - strategy board game. How to play. Game rules.
  • HOW LEGO CAME TO BE THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS BRICK - Wired.
  • How to perform the 'coin in the cup' magic trick - The Telegraph.
  • How to play Monopoly in 2016 - The Verge.
  • internet's obsession with brain teasers - The Guardian.
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  • Jack Puzzle: US$95.
  • Jack Puzzle - "Six different notched brass bars make up this brass puzzle, paperweight, and desk object." This puzzle seems plain enough—it’s just six brass bars. You won’t be able to resist pulling it apart, but leave plenty of time to reassemble it: Even with instructions, this beautiful desk ornament is a bear to build. Luckily, there’s nothing more satisfying than making this thing whole again.
  • Kim's Game - game or exercise played by Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides, and other children's groups. The game develops a person's capacity to observe and remember details. The name is derived from Rudyard Kipling's 1901 novel Kim, in which the hero, Kim, plays the game during his training as a spy.
  • LAWN GAMES - Wikipedia.
  • Lansquenet - card game, named after the French spelling of the German word Landsknecht ('servant of the land or country'), which refers to 15th- and 16th-century German mercenary foot soldiers.
  • LIST OF BOARD GAMES - Wikipedia.
  • List of patience games - Wikipedia.
  • MAHJONG - game of skill, strategy and calculation and involves a certain degree of chance that originated in China, commonly played by four players.
  • Malarky - trivia board game.
  • MASTERMIND - code-breaking board game for two players.
  • Mobile Games to Make Time Fly - The New York Times.
  • MONOPOLY - named after the economic concept of monopoly, the domination of a market by a single entity.
  • Monopoly gets a makeover as millions vote on new board game tokens - The Guardian.
  • Musical chairs - traditional game known all over the world, played by a group of people (usually children), often at a birthday party. The game starts with any number of players and a number of chairs one less than the number of players; the chairs are arranged in a circle (or other closed figure if space is constrained; a double line is sometimes used) facing outward, with the people standing in a circle just outside of that.
  • Nash equilibrium - solution concept of a non-cooperative game involving two or more players.
  • Newcomb's problem divides philosophers. Which side are you on? take the test yourself - The Guardian.
  • Noughts & crosses - paper-and-pencil game for two players, X and O, who take turns marking the spaces in a 3×3 grid. The player who succeeds in placing three of their marks in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row wins the game.
  • Numbers game - illegal lottery played mostly in poor neighborhoods in the United States.
  • One designer’s ongoing quest to make the perfect mobile Solitaire - "Zach Gage makes a second attempt with Flip Flop Solitaire on iPhone."
  • osmo - award-winning educational gaming system that works with your iPad and three game apps to transform the physical space in front of the iPad into a digital game board. Recommended for ages six and older, the games help increase problem solving, creative thinking, visual, spatial, and abstract thinking skills.
  • OUIJA BOARD - also known as a spirit / fire key board or talking board.
  • PARLOUR GAMES - Wikipedia.
  • Patience - or solitaire in the US, is a genre of tabletop games, consisting of card games that can be played by a single player. Patience games can also be played in a multiplayer fashion.
  • Pétanque.
  • PÉTANQUE - a form of boules where the goal is, while standing with the feet together in a small circle, to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (jack).
  • Pinochle - trick-taking card game typically for two to four players and played with a 48-card deck.
  • Piquet - early 16th-century trick-taking card game for two players.
  • Playing card - piece of specially prepared heavy paper, thin cardboard, plastic-coated paper, cotton-paper blend, or thin plastic, marked with distinguishing motifs and used as one of a set for playing card games. Playing cards are typically palm-sized for convenient handling.
  • Re-Thinking the Game of Monopoly - Big Think.
  • Ritz Paris Monopoly: €85.
  • Ritz Paris Monopoly - "You are welcome to stay at the Ritz Paris and discover all of its wonders through this game of Monopoly. Explore the Suite Impériale, relax by the Ritz Club swimming pool and enjoy the beautiful Grand Jardin, all in the spirit of César Ritz!"
  • Rock-paper-scissors - hand game usually played by two people, where players simultaneously form one of three shapes with an outstretched hand.
  • RUBIK'S CUBE - invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture ErnŐ Rubik.
  • Rummy - group of matching card games notable for similar gameplay based on matching cards of the same rank or sequence and same suit. The basic goal in any form of rummy is to build melds which consists of sets, three or four of a kind of the same rank; or runs, three or more cards in sequence, of the same suit. You can also have mixed runs in all types of rummy so long as all 7 cards are in order.
  • Scavenger hunt - a game in which the organizers prepare a list defining specific items, using which the participants — individuals or teams — seek to gather all items on the list — usually without purchasing them — or perform tasks or take photographs of the items, as specified.
  • SCRABBLE - word game in which two to four players score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a gameboard marked with a 15×15 grid. The words are formed across and down in crossword fashion and must appear in a standard dictionary.
  • SCOPA - Italian card game.
  • SECOND LIFE - launched 2003. Online virtual world: a number of free client programs called Viewers enable Second Life users, called Residents, to interact with each other through avatars. Residents can explore the world (known as the grid), meet other residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and create and trade virtual property and services with one another.
  • Shell game - (also known as Thimblerig, Three shells and a pea, the old army game) is portrayed as a gambling game, but in reality, when a wager for money is made, it is almost always a confidence trick used to perpetrate fraud. In confidence trick slang, this swindle is referred to as a short-con because it is quick and easy to pull off.
  • SIMON SAYS - the rules.
  • Skat (card game) - 3-player trick-taking card game devised around 1810 in Altenburg in the Duchy of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. It is the national game of Germany and, along with Doppelkopf, it is the most popular card game in Germany and Silesia. It is considered one of the best and most interesting card games for 3 players.
  • Sleight of Hand - John Scarne "Exposé of Sleight of Hand": YouTube 8:57.
  • Snakes and Ladders - ancient Indian board game regarded today as a worldwide classic. It is played between two or more players on a gameboard having numbered, gridded squares. A number of "ladders" and "snakes" are pictured on the board, each connecting two specific board squares. The object of the game is to navigate one's game piece, according to die rolls, from the start (bottom square) to the finish (top square), helped or hindered by ladders and snakes respectively.
  • Solitaire - any tabletop game which one can play by oneself.
  • Tamagotchi - keychain-sized virtual pet simulation game for people of all ages.
  • Test yourself with the Sweet 16 puzzle - The Guardian.
  • TETRIS - electronic puzzle game that was created by Alexey Pajitnov in 1984. The game (or one of its many variants) is available for nearly every video game console and computer operating system, as well as on devices such as graphing calculators, mobile phones, portable media players, PDAs, Network music players.
  • Tetris Shown to Lessen PTSD and Flashbacks - Scientific American.
  • THE OFFICIAL U.S. MONOPOLY SITE
  • Three-card Monte - also known as Find the Lady or the Three-card Trick — is a confidence game in which the victim, or mark, is tricked into betting a sum of money, on the assumption that they can find the money card among three face-down playing cards. It is the same as the shell game except that cards are used instead of shells.
  • Tic-tac-toe - (also known as Noughts and crosses or Xs and Os) is a paper-and-pencil game for two players, X and O, who take turns marking the spaces in a 3×3 grid. The player who succeeds in placing three of their marks in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row wins the game.
  • Tongue-Twisters - phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly, and can be used as a type of spoken (or sung) word game.
  • Treasure hunt - one of many different types of games which can have one or more players who try to find hidden articles, locations or places by using a series of clues. Treasure hunt games may be an indoor or outdoor activity. Outdoors they can be played in a garden or the treasure could be located anywhere around the world.
  • Trick-taking game - Wikipedia.
  • TRIVIAL PURSUIT - a board game in which progress is determined by a player's ability to answer general knowledge and popular culture questions.
  • Tug of war - Wikipedia.
  • WCA | WORLD CUBE ASSOCIATION
  • Whisky vs Water - learn how to master the ‘whisky vs water’ trick, which involves switching the liquids between glasses without spilling a drop.
  • WORD GAMES - puzzles are spoken or board games often designed to test ability with language or to explore its properties.
  • WORDFEUD - free multiplayer word game for iPhone and Android devices. Challenge your friends or play against random opponents. Play at your own pace. Participate in up to 30 games simultaneously. You can play Wordfeud with total strangers or invite friends from your contact list.
  • WORDFEUD RECORDS
  • WORDS WITH FRIENDS - multi-player popular word game running on the operating systems Android and iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch). The game is also available on Facebook.
  • your monthly guide to the best new board games - The Guardian.
  • Zero–sum game - in game theory and economic theory, a zero-sum game is a mathematical representation of a situation in which each participant's gain or loss of utility is exactly balanced by the losses or gains of the utility of the other participants. If the total gains of the participants are added up and the total losses are subtracted, they will sum to zero. Thus, cutting a cake, where taking a larger piece reduces the amount of cake available for others, is a zero-sum game if all participants value each unit of cake equally (see marginal utility).
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