Question Time: What is a Game? Part 4


This is the final part of Minister of Games Robert Bell’s blog series defining games. Get caught up on the earlier posts here!

Given the definition for games I’ve been discussing in the previous posts, I’ve wondered if stock trading could be considered a game. After all, if one thinks of the stock trader as a player, he or she has the ability to buy and sell stock shares, is constrained by clearly defined regulations and, of course, makes calculated choices to earn monetary rewards in exchange for risking potential losses based on other players’ decisions. Is this a game?

I’d argue it’s not, partially because, as I understand it, there’s little clear and consistent logic underlying stock trading activities (economists are notoriously limited in modeling financial activities due to their acknowledged unpredictability). But there are other reasons why I don’t think real-life stock trading fits the bill, reasons that I’ll discuss in my next series of posts: What Isn’t a Game?

Robert Bell is Minister of Games at Enspire Studios.