What is a Co-Operative Game?
friends, not as enemies!
These games foster the spirit of co-operation. Players help each other climb
a mountain, make a community, bring in the harvest, complete a space
exploration... They are never against each other. Co-operative games have
been proven to be that friendly form of fun.
After all, the initial impulse to play a game
is social; that is, we bring out a game because we want to do something
together. It is ironic that in most games, we spend all our efforts trying
to bankrupt someone, destroy their armies — in other words, to get rid of
one another! We soon learn how to pick on the other person's weaknesses in
order to win the game.
People of different ages and abilities should
be able to play side by side, each making their best contribution. In a
co-operative game, someone young and little can play with others older and
bigger and not worry about being wiped out. We are all there at the end of
are not protected from not making it to the summit or completing the space
voyage. These games are designed to offer realistic challenges.
In sum, games are used in various settings and for various reasons,
socialization, entertainment, academic learning, character growth, etc.
Whatever your objective, we invite you to realize them by co-operative
means. Parents and teachers trying to teach children to share, be kind to
living things, and help others out often are troubled by games and
recreation programs which undermine these values. Our games provide the
opportunity to experience sharing and caring behavior. We simply don't have
enough of such experiences.