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game/strategic game

In everyday language, "game" defines a context (context marking) in which a distinction is made between "playing" and being serious," between "fiction" and "reality." In mathematical game theory, "game" depicts the set of behaviors that are permissible in an interactional system. Strategic games differ from games of chance in that the result is not solely determined by coincidence.
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Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)