Monday, October 09, 2006

Non-games and Toyplay: Preliminary list

Ok, so I am terribly busy at the moment, but still trying to put together a list of software games and products that explore toyplay and paidia over ludus experiences - less goals, more play, well, you know my usual yadda yadda. No time for that again right now.

So here is what I could get from previous posts. I'll welcome contributions and also arguments against specific names on my list (I'm not so sure about some of them).

  • The Sims
  • Sim City
  • Elektroplankton
  • Warioware DS's Toy Room
  • Roller Coaster Tycoon 3
  • Experimental Gameplay Project (Tower of Goo)
  • Nintendogs
  • Animal Crossing DS
  • Psychedelia
  • I, Robot
  • Colourscape
  • Second Life
  • Talkman
  • Neon
  • Brain Training
  • Fridge Magnets
  • Façade
  • Google Earth
  • Ragdoll Bush
  • Insular
  • BlockCad
  • Make-a-Flake
  • Mario Paint
  • Comic Book Dollhouse
  • Sand (Java web-game)
  • The Joy of Painting
  • Ms Flight Simulator
  • Ken Perlin experiments
  • Sim Tunes
  • SoupToys
  • Lego Digital Designer
  • The Movies

Any thoughts?


Chris said...

I'm not certain about The Movies... you should probably talk to someone who has played with this.

Why Animal Crossing DS and not regular Animal Crossing?

I guess I should mention Seaman (Dreamcast).

As well as Psychedelia, Trip-a-Tron maybe should be mentioned?

Does Deus Ex Machina count (ZX Spectrum/C64)...? Not sure about this. It's not very toyplay, but it's quite nongame.

The Harvest Moon games may also be worth considering; although there is a certain amount of goal direction, they have much in common with Animal Crossing.

Best wishes!

Ulrik said...

There's also Septemter 12th and Madrid from

Chico Queiroz said...

Ulrik: Thanks a lot for reminding me of those! I´ll include them on the list later. They are certainly very representative titles.

Chris: You´re right, I´m not so sure about the Movies either - but my guess is that it allows paidic play more or less independently from its tycoon game structure. Let´s wait to confirm this one.

I´ve never heard about some of the titles you mention, so thanks a lot for pointing them. I´ll try to check them out. Why Animal Crossing DS and not regular Animal Crossing? Pure distraction, just that... :)

I´m quite sure I´m forgetting lots of stuff, but the list will take some time to be decently populated, I guess....

Best, and thanks a lot, both of you!

Copyright, Chico Queiroz