I'm always a bit surprised by how many people ask me, "What's a cooperative game?" when it comes up in the conversation. Cooperative games are games where all the players play towards a common goal to win the game, as opposed to a competitive game where players are opponents ending the game with one winner and the others as losers. I think many of us have had the experience of playing Chutes and Ladders with a child where the child is suddenly sent all the way back to the beginning of the board from near the top and bursts into tears. Even as an adult I would sometimes have a pretty strong reaction to being sent all the way back usually resulting in a silent curse against the stupid spinner or card. It feels so random and unfair- and really it is. I remember hating that feeling as a child and only feeling good about the game when I was the winner.