What most annoyed us this year, however, was rulebooks which were full of mistakes, and which lacked any careful editorial revision. Especially with international publishers, sometimes misleading and incomplete translations led to helplessness and a shrugging of shoulders around the gaming table. Only adults experienced in playing games were able to play correctly purely by intuition. That's why certain extraordinary and stunning game concepts, and ones children really enjoyed, haven't made it onto our recommendation lists.
One thing to remember in comparisons to movies and music is that even if you don't "get it", you can still watch a movie and listen to music. Lack of understanding does not prevent you from consuming the experience. If you don't understand the rules of a game, then you cannot play the game at all. If it can't be played, is it even a game?
With most books and movies, one doesn’t spend much time and energy asking oneself how to read, how to watch—one just reads or watches. With games, most of the time is spent thinking of tactics, of strategy, of opponents’ psychology, which leaves little time and brain power for dealing in depth with a serious topic