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Dexterity games require accurate movements of the body in response to real-time game situations.
Manipulation may require good motor control in making fine movements. It may also require whole-body movement. The movement may be simple or complex. It may well also need to be very fast.
Hand-eye coordination is one of the major forms of dexterity games, where the player sees something happen and moves their hands in response. Real-time computer games are often like this.
Dexterity may be required for such as:
The amount of intelligence needed can vary, often solving visual problems on the fly. Thinking may be simply short-term or may encompass longer-term strategic plans.
Tennis requires rapid body and arm movement to hit and place the ball with accuracy.
Martial arts require fine control of the whole body in close response to the movement of an opponent.
Tetris is a computer game that requires rapid thinking but relatively simple hand movement.
Dexterity games are a particular form of physical games where fine motor control is more important than physical attributes such as strength or endurance.
There is a pleasure in dexterity where the complexity of the movement becomes second nature to the point where the person responds without having to think about how they move themselves, much as a driver does not think about where to move their hands or feet.
As with other games, a learning curve can help a lot as players develop skills and the designer should study the speed and dexterity required as levels and skills increase. The player should always be playing near the edge of their skills, with strong challenges. Occasional easier sections that effectively act as a relaxing reward may also be used.
Some thought may be given to the risk of repetitive strain injuries. This is important for the more enthusiastic players. It may also have legal importance for the games company.