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Pointing at "point and click"

In my last post I made sneery gestures at the term "point-and-click game". It is, of course, a meaningless term when applied to computer games, and has been since the mouse was popularized: nearly every game since 1990 has involved pointing and clicking. (I guess the ones before that were "hunt-and-peck games"?)

But, equally of course, genre terms have never made any sense on the literal level. "Science fiction" is broader than fiction about science; "fantasy" is more specific than made-up stories; and, closer to home, "adventure game" does not denote every game about people having adventures.

No, my real beef with "point and click" is that I have no clear idea what it means. What games are point-and-clicks? I have theories. Guesses. I don't know if they match up with anybody else's theories. When someone says "point and click" I have to go look at screenshots to figure out what kind of game it really is.

I never hesitate to blather about genre definitions but in this case it will be more fun to run a poll. Yes, one of those ridiculous Internet polls. Only The Gameshelf doesn't have a poll widget and I'm not energized enough to... well, to ask Jmac to install one... so I'll just post a list and you-all can comment. Comment! I know you're out there. I can hear you breathing.

Which of the following games are "point and click"?

Note that the question is not "which of these are good games?" or "which games did I enjoy?". This is pinning down the boundaries of a category.

If you want to say why a given game is or is not in the category, that's cool too.


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Zarf shall speak: Game Genre

An upcoming thing: I have been invited to participate in the University of Virginia Library's speaker series on digital scholarship. Nifty, eh? I will be giving a talk at UVA (Charlottesville) on April 22. I'm not sure of the exact location; I understand it's the "Digital Therapy" grad student luncheon series.

Game Genre and Game Interaction -- noon, April 22

This is not a huge sweeping tapestry of ludological theory; it's just my notes on what the heck we mean when we say "game genre". Show up if you want to hang out. There will be food, as befits a luncheon. Casual food, as befits grad students. If I know grad students, cookies are a good bet.

EDIT-ADD: It happened. Yay! See here for a link to the text.

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