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Добавлено: Ср Ноя 08, 2017 1:53 pm Заголовок сообщения: On the alleged difference between puzzles and games.
The idea that a puzzle is not a game seem to come from the field of "Game Theory", which for the purpose of what it wants to study define game very narrowly (why this definition should carry on to the mainstream is anyone's guess — rabbits are defined as poultry when it comes to the culinary domain, but nobody gets confused or smug when tell them say your farm has poultry and rabbits).
Game theory defines a game as involving "conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers". Except of course the "intelligent rational decision-makers" are basically the equivalent of mathematical spherical cows, they're ideal constructs, not real objects of the world. So if we take this literally, games do not exist in the real world.
Of course we're not meant to apply this literally, instead we take the next best thing that actually exist: humans.
There's a lot of evidence that free will doesn't exist and that what we think of as conscious choices are actually us merely witnessing our internal algorithms after they've already fired, so we can probably ignore the "decision-maker" part, humans are only taking decisions in the sense that the slot on a vending machine is "deciding" where to sort the coins it receives based on their size.