From Australia-based author Jackie French’s The Little Book of Big Questions:
How do you explain red to a blind person? Well, while I am nearsighted, I can see. If I close my eyes and point my face towards the sun, I see orange. But if I squint my eyes while they’re closed, then I see red. I’m thinking this works with blind people too.
What is a game? Before I answer this question, let me tell you what I read from The Little Book of Big Questions;
Games are the things we play.
So playing the piano is a game?
A game is something done just for fun.
Then a bubble bath is a game?
A game is a sport.
Then Monopoly isn’t a game? Or Scrabble?
If you can come up with a definition of games that works–I mean one that includes all the games we know are games and doesn’t include any other stuff, I’ll shout you a copy of my next book.
And the official definition, please:
- 2.a type of activity or business, esp. when regarded as a game.“this was a game of shuttle diplomacy at which I had become adept”
So, a game can be just anything you want it to be. Jackie French, when you said that you’d give a free copy of your next book to anyone who can come up with a definition that includes all the games we know are games and doesn’t include any other stuff, how about this? Because, when you think about it, you can make playing the piano a game or a bubble bath a game. And don’t forget game–as in meat.
What happens when Superman goes to the toilet? The plumbing system busts.
Whom would you rescue in a burning building first–your best friend, aunt, someone’s baby, your dog, or an old person? I don’t have a dog, so we can eliminate that choice. First and foremost, I’d rescue the old person, especially if he/she had a disability. Next I’d rescue the baby (but I’m surprised there wouldn’t be any parent or guardian with it). Then I’d rescue my aunt if she needed help. Finally I’d rescue my best friend if she needed help.
If you know of an impossible question, let me know in the comments!