Games have many forms but the most common form is computer and video games. This is about all forms of games in the English speaking world. For video games played on the user’s electronic device, see Video Game. For non-video games, see Game (general). For educational uses, see Games (educational).
Dice Games. dice is a game of chance. Dice is used in casino games, but video games are also dice games (e.g., video chess, dice video poker, etc.). In real-time action games, dice is used to determine turn results. For example, a football game may use dice to decide if a team needs to go for a run.
Real-time strategy games. In real-time strategy games, the players take turns attempting to build civilizations and/or attack enemies. There are many different real-time strategy games (e.g., Age of Empire, Fall of Rome, Monopoly, etc.) and many of them involve a complex interaction between players. Examples include Settlers of Canaan, Stratego, Risk, etc.
Gambling games. All forms of gambling games involve some element of chance; they’re also called blackjack, baccarat, craps, etc. The main article about gambling games will tell you more about those games.
Gambling games use either coins or chips as currency. Most physical skill games (e.g., Monopoly) use counters (cards with movable symbols on them), which players add to or subtract from a pool of currency in order to attempt to “buy” or “sell” the property they want. A player who “buys” a property can move their token into the property space by adding to or subtracting from their current pool; similarly, a player “sold” a property can move their token from that space to another by removing from or adding to their current pool. Of course, pawns and other minor currency have no physical value and thus are not considered to be gambling games.
Gambling games have no inherent rewards or punishments, so whether or not a player ends up with more tokens depends on luck. It is up to the players to try to achieve a goal by utilizing whatever resources they have at their disposal and to avoid getting caught by the casino’s gamekeeper (who may be a professional blackjack player). Of course, because most physical skill games (e.g., chess) require strategy, it’s easy to see how strategies could help improve one’s odds of winning. That’s why, for example, professional poker players spend much of their time practicing their game – in order to be better prepared to play against somebody else who is just starting to learn to play poker.