This question was raised in class, and immediately followed by a discussion about the terms of interactivity for a game. They were defined as
- Making narrative choices (changes game)
- Engaging gameplay challenges (changes you)
- Experiencing world (movement through game)
If we apply those standards for interaction to Reddit, it should pass–users contribute content that changes what is on the site, the site presents users with stimulating information that may teach them something, and the users navigate from subreddit to subreddit in order to explore the site as a whole. So, one interacts with Reddit fairly similarly to how they would interact with a videogame. Is this enough to categorize the site as a game? This becomes dependent on what other characteristics one uses to define a game. Prior to this course, I would have included “the character/player has a goal” in a list of criteria for a game, which could disqualify Reddit, but we have seen examples of games in the past couple months, such as Queers In Love At The End of The World where the goal is unclear or nonexistant as you play. For this reason, I don’t think I can definitively say Reddit is not a game, and many social media platforms function similarly enough that I would say they might be games too. The common theme throughout this course for me has been that definitions for terms (like game, play, fun) grow increasingly broader and more inclusive as we explore more material.