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Who Says Games Need to Be Fair?

One of our deepest and most cherished assumptions about games is that they are fair. Most people, I suspect, think the perfect game is a kind of utopian meritocracy, that the magic circle of play can be a great sorting machine to determine who is the smartest or the strongest or the fastest. Games are so fair in our imagination that we frequently want life to be more like them: The playing field, we say, must be leveled.
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