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I am redesigning my website to have fewer categories, but I am running into problems with the "Games" category. I have a few things that are interactive, and fun, but not necessarily games. For example, a fireworks simulator.

I am trying to find a word that means "fun interactive stuff," or "games and other amusement." It needs to be fairly short, because it needs to fit in one of my tabs, so it can't be more than 15-20 letters or so.

I was thinking about "interactivity," but that doesn't really capture what the category is about (interactive and fun stuff).

Just "fun" might work, but I think it's too vague. Music, video, etc. can be fun, too.

A phrase would work too, as long it's not too long.

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Umm... I'll chime in with a coinage I don't think was used before. I'll add an answer if you like it. It's "nut apps". See? Nuts can be appetizers and they have numerous kinds for different occasions; they can be couch diversions or a good match for some desserts. You get the idea. –  Mussri Aug 18 '13 at 6:35
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@Mussri But you have to explain it so there's no point in thinking of a short phrase if you have to type 10x more characters to explain it :P –  Doorknob 冰 Aug 18 '13 at 6:43
    
‘Nut apps’ would be very strange to me. I would assume it was a section full of smartphone applications all dedicated to nuts, or perhaps of crazy smartphone applications. –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 19 '13 at 5:20

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Fun on its own works fine for me—I would also categorise music and videos under it, but I would not expect to find music or videos on a website where a menu item is labelled ‘fun’. I would expect to find more or less interactive, amusing things, like games, jokes, cartoon strips, etc.

To add to the interactive dimension and more or less exclude music and video, perhaps fun and games could be used. That is a more or less set phrase that does not merely refer to anything that is fun + anything that is games, but rather (dictionary definition) to “amusing and enjoyable activities”.

Of course, it’s hard to tell if this is ideal for you without seeing what the rest of your site looks like; but it works well in general, I’d say.

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Ooh, "fun and games" sounds good. That's the kind of thing I was looking for. +1 –  Doorknob 冰 Aug 18 '13 at 7:04

The word diversions ("activities you do for fun" per the link) should cover it.

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Yes, but its primary use is "distraction" or "taking attention away," which does not really describe this. At least that's what I think of when I hear that word. –  Doorknob 冰 Aug 18 '13 at 0:50
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I think you're thinking of the word too narrowly; I think of "fun stuff" or "stuff to while away the time" my when I hear diversions. –  Gnawme Aug 18 '13 at 1:54
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Hmm, maybe, but it still isn't really immediately obvious to me, which is important for a website. –  Doorknob 冰 Aug 18 '13 at 2:13
    
It should be immediately obvious to almost any native English speaker. Who is your target audience? –  Gnawme Aug 19 '13 at 16:28
    
Mostly native English speakers, but I am one and I still think it requires a bit more thinking. I personally automatically think "distraction" when I hear "diversion," and I need people to immediately understand what the category is supposed to be about. –  Doorknob 冰 Aug 19 '13 at 16:31

The word toys is sometimes used in that context -- I've seen it used to talk simulations that are not very game like. (Here, for instance.)

Games & Toys would probably capture your meaning most clearly, but obviously is more than a single word.

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  • Fun Activities
  • Recreation (with or without the word: activities)
  • Favourite pastimes This would cover music, videos, games etc..
  • Hobbies & Interests
  • Escapades Which is stretching it a bit, but it is one word and users would easily understand what the tab meant. The dictionary definition of a wild exciting adventure is positive to boot.
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Previously-mentioned diversions is a good suggestion, but consider also some of its synonyms, including pastimes and amusements, which respectively refer to “That which amuses, and serves to make time pass agreeably; sport; amusement; diversion; games” and “activity that is entertaining or amusing”.

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If you are happy to borrow a word from another language you might consider divertissement.

Its specific meaning relates to the theatre as a brief entertainment or diversion, usually between the acts of a play but it can be used more generally for any short, interesting or amusing entertainment.

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