this is really fun as a music box
"A game is a problem-solving activity, approached with a playful attitude." - Jesse Schell (The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, pp. 37).
"A closed, formal system that engages players in structured conflict and resolves its uncertainty in an unequal outcome." - Tracy Fullerton (Game Design Workshop: A Playcentric Approach to Creating Innovative Games, pp. 43).
World’s Shortest Poem
“A game is a system in which players engage in an artificial conflict, defined by rules, that results in a quantifiable outcome.” - Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman (Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals, pp. 80).