What is GAME?. A variety of meanings are attached to this word, but generally it means "a competition." Games range from those played by children to athletic sports having explicit rules. Physical skill is not a necessary requirement of all games. In such games as cards and chess and in board games such as monopoly this characteristic is absent. In nearly all games there is a large element of skill.
   Most adult games are played with apparatus, the commonest being a ball or its variant, such as the puck in ice hockey or the shuttlecock in badminton. Sports without a ball, such as boxing, wrestling, skiing, or running, are not thought of as games but as matches or meets. This is not true, however, in such children's games as hide-and-go-seek and tag. The word game may also be applied to the division or subdivision of a contest, the contest itself being gen­erally called a match.