Greater than some other side, the thing that has always fascinated me probably the most about computer systems is the infinite potential for exploration they provide. You may create something–whether or not real or imagined–inside a pc, and then you can also make it do something you need. You’re free to try and make your creations mimic the real world as a lot as attainable, or you are free to go ahead and bend no matter guidelines of actuality you would like. Not surprisingly, a majority of pc packages that embody this spirit are video games. Games are fun, however games can be extra than simply pure leisure. Games can enlighten individuals and make us suppose in special ways in which a passive form of media, like a movie, cannot. The packages listed on this page are, for the most part, clearly games, although there are a couple of that some might argue are some kind of software program hybrid perhaps “edutainment” (entertainment software for the purpose of education), or actual-world simulation.
Nonetheless, I reasonably loosely use the label “recreation”, and hope that no one will probably be offended by this usage. I also hope that no one will be moved to think of those packages as shallow or insignificant just because they’re experimental or as a result of they’re “video games”. Although, in fact, some of them are also only for enjoyable. Nonetheless, these are packages which I believe deserve particular recognition as defying the commonly held ideas about what a computer game can or should be. Creativity, exploration, and experimentation are three somewhat various things, so it’s perhaps acceptable to spend a moment distinguishing how each of these labels applies to a computer sport. Although “Creativity” suggests originality on the a part of the sport designer, what’s maybe more necessary is how a lot creativity the game permits for (and encourages in) the player. A game like Stunts, the traditional automotive-racing game, is enjoyable just because it offers you a lot of fast vehicles to race around, but it surely additionally developed a small subculture of observe designers due to its in-sport observe editor.