Editor’s Note: A Second Introduction

Ibuki Facing Chrono

In the heat of battle a player’s true character is revealed…

Kouji Ibuki

(Cardfight!! Vanguard G Episode 3)

Over the course of reviewing such elements in general elements in games, I found out more about the concept of the human element of play, which is the general idea that each person will approach a game in a different way than that of the last person. This element is hard to anticipate, since every individual is different from one another, allowing for differences in game play each time. I would like to take a moment to tackle this subject from another angle.

The human element of play, I theorize, is a way to connect to our fellow human beings.

In a game, each person can react to certain things that occur as a result of the game state, each of these reactions being a little varied from the last. When the opponent reacts to certain phenomena in this way, each player finds out about a little bit more about the opponent that he or she is facing. In a way, games can provide the a valuable way in which one can learn about the preferences, strengths, fears, and personalities of a person that is facing you in the middle of a multiplayer game.

I am not saying that meeting people is the only purpose of games that we all know and love, and I am not saying that games are the only way in which we should get to know people. Although this is the case, I do believe that playing games together is a wonderful way to get to know each other better. To me, playing games together with people is another way of introducing me to them again, a window into how the person behaves and reacts with the game world around them and, at times, with the real world that we share together.

In the future, I hope to play with many more of you, so that I can have the pleasure of meeting you again for the first time.

Jonathan Smith
Cardfight Lab Tech
Editor in Chief


Images of cards came from http://cardfight.wikia.com/wiki/Cardfight!!_Vanguard_Wiki. These images may have been re-sized.

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