Definitions

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  • n. A game about games; a game based on exploiting the rules etc. of some other game, at a higher level than simply playing the game normally.

Etymologies

meta- +‎ game (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This is hard because these should be game “facts” and not subjective, which means I have to engage in metagame thinking.

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  • A metagame is the overall context in which a game is played.

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  • Amy Jo: The metagame is a reward and feed back system on top of another system to drive behavior.

    Joho the Blog

  • Does being a band of 3rd levelers working for X instead of Y make a difference to some kind of metagame resource, or something like that?

    Two Possibilities

  • What if some of the players want to play that "metagame", and what if the game staff decides to manage it a bit, add some disclaimers, but to basically let the gamers have their say?

    Plato’s game

  • City of Heroes was designed with what Emmert calls the "metagame" in mind--books, T-shirts, mugs, comics and so on, things that players can consume when they're offline.

    Designing For Behavior In Massive Multiplayer Games

  • In addition, your characters 'inventory screens will be accessible from outside the game on the World Wide Web, which means you can play around with different item sets and plan your next in-game strategy while you're not even playing, similar to the deck-building "metagame" that fans of Magic: The Gathering know and love (and talk about endlessly).

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  • On March 10th the New York Observer wrote an article about this new service and described it as "dodgeball on steroids", like Dodgeball but with a fun 'metagame' associated with it.

    Social Strategy by @KarlLong

  • Like DOWII's single-player campaign, The Last Stand will also have a "metagame" based around your character's advancement.

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  • It just doesn't sound nearly as interesting to me, no matter how big the campaigns are or what sort of "metagame" they add to it.

    Slashdot: Games

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