Bad Games - PAX South

Bad Games
PAX South 2015

We’ve all played “bad” games, but what truly makes a game “bad?” Is one’s miserable experience not simply subjective opinion? It turns out that the problem is not in defining what makes a game “bad,” but in what makes a game a “game.” Candyland teaches children colors and counting, but is terrible for a serious tournament. Dungeons & Dragons is great for that heroic fantasy adventure, but not so much for your future cyberpunk transhumanist court drama.

Racewalking is Terrible

Race Walking is Terrible

Racewalking is a terrible game/sport. An excerpt from our Bad Games lecture at PAX South 2015, we discuss herein why racewalking is a poorly designed competition that is more about cheating and randomness than athleticism.

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