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Snakes and Ladders was invented as a serious game with a meta-goal not seen in the modern commercial version: moral instruction of the young. Squares with snakes included a description of some moral failure, while squares with ladders included a description of a virtue. With these removed, the game loses much of its point, apart from pure competition. I don't debate "what is a great game" with other people. I announce my opinion and leave it at that. Swings and roundabouts, mate, swings and roundabouts.
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2012 on Beyond Definitions of Game at ihobo
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But of course they didn't die. New ones come out every month, so the entire premise of the essay is flawed.
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