Conflict Game

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The Conflict Game

In 1960, the Milton Bradley Company created the Game of Life. This board game sends players on an adventure through life. The player has options throughout the game and sometimes is sent down a risky road where fortunes are won or lost. During the course of the game, if a player lands on all spaces that give money and the player has the highest salary amount possible, they could earn a maximum of $3,115,000 and be deemed the “game master”. In efforts play this game the players have to determine if they are going to be “game players” or “game masters”. Players in the real game of life must also make similar decisions and face similar consequences for their actions. Also, just like the board game, players get their feathers ruffled and conflict is created when course of life takes a different route from the original plan. This can generate high emotions and increase the stakes of the game. In efforts to succeed in both the game and in daily life, the players have to recognize the game playing is an essential part of managing conflict. (Hasbro, 2013). Relationships can often be viewed as games because each relationship has a set of rules worked out between both parties. When the rules are followed, things go well. When the rules are stretched or disregarded, conflict arises. It is one thing to “play the game” but quite another to “master the game”. A game master knows how to play the game and why such game should be played. A game master is stable in good situations but also confident in unstable ones. These individuals create clarity and establish order because they understand the need for rules and invite others to participate in other forms of communication. Game masters are not afraid of ambiguity, and can live with uncertainty for extended periods of time. In order to become a game master in a world filled with conflict, it is critical to:…...

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