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Old 12-31-2011, 01:23 AM   #1
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Question What is 'Sandbox'?

For an introduction on what this thread is actually about, visit this thread. For now, this thread will discuss what it means for a game to have a 'sandbox' quality.
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Old 12-31-2011, 01:31 AM   #2
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like i said, sandbox games are games that have nonlinear gameplay as their mechanic.
there are two types, such as the major plot-altering gameplay of The Elder Scrolls, as well as the completely free-to-change stylings of a game like Gary's Mod, or the main menu of Scribblenauts. i claim that sandbox games are the genre, while the notion of open-world gameplay is part of that genre.

games like assassins creed, skyrim and arkham city are all sandbox games.
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A regular open world game usually tend to have missions and objectives.
A sandbox game has no missions and no objectives at all.

A sandbox game can definitely also be open world, but saying all open world games are sandbox, and vise versa, is completely wrong.
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Old 12-31-2011, 03:27 AM   #4
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anything like Minecraft or Garry's mod. I'd go as far to say Even games like Rollercoaster Tycoon or Sim City are sandbox in some cases. (ie: Infinite money mode in Sim city, Scenario Builder in RCT 2, and Sandbox mode in RCT 3)
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Old 12-31-2011, 03:56 AM   #5
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anything like Minecraft or Garry's mod. I'd go as far to say Even games like Rollercoaster Tycoon or Sim City are sandbox in some cases. (ie: Infinite money mode in Sim city, Scenario Builder in RCT 2, and Sandbox mode in RCT 3)
keep in mind all of those games have no objective ^
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lthere are two types, such as the major plot-altering gameplay of The Elder Scrolls, as well as the completely free-to-change stylings of a game like Gary's Mod, or the main menu of Scribblenauts.
Here. You just said it. Two types. You just failed to label them 'Non-Sandbox' and 'Sandbox'. Seriously, 'plot-altering gameplay' has never been a feature of a sandbox game and never will be.

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anything like Minecraft or Garry's mod. I'd go as far to say Even games like Rollercoaster Tycoon or Sim City are sandbox in some cases. (ie: Infinite money mode in Sim city, Scenario Builder in RCT 2, and Sandbox mode in RCT 3)
Hey look, somebody who understands the meaning of sandbox.
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Sandbox essentially means giving the player the option to do whatever the hell they want in the game. That's my two cents.
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:47 PM   #8
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