When we use the word game, what exactly do we mean by that, how do we define it? While I’m sure the standard dictionary definition might gives us a general idea, it also quickly becomes clear that most people typically have their own individual, if somewhat subjective, definition of what they consider a game. Some might view an activity as a game if it is fun, entertaining, or something that is done solely for personal pleasure with no “work” involved. However we want to look at it, everyone will typically have his or her own view on what should or should not be considered a game. This subjective definition of what constitutes a game raises another, in my opinion, equally important question: when does a game stop being a game? The answer to this will of course depend on the definition you are using in the first place. Does the game stop being a game when it stops being fun or entertaining or is it simply a case of the novelty wearing off. In my opinion, I think there are very few people who would ever deny that at some point they stopped thinking of a game they we playing as a game. Whether it is the wear of the daily grind, the strain of constant guild obligations, or the stress of game time impending on an already chaotic real life, at some point the game may start to feel at lot more like work and a lot less like a game. The fun and entertainment might slowly disappear, the pleasure fades away and the enjoyment becomes contempt, turning the game into just another thing in your life that you have to devote some time too. At what point does this happen? When does the game stop feeling like a game? When it does happen do you stop playing or not? Why? Do you ever go back to the game at some point after this happens? Please weigh in and share your own experiences.