Emergence

A phenomenon when qualities of the entity are not due to qualities of its parts but as the result of interactions between them.

Complex systems often display some forms of emergence and usual examples are taken from nature (waves, snowflakes, insects' colonies) or from social sphere (stack exchange, works of art). Games are notorious for their emergent properties as rules are usually simple, but their interactions weave out new perceived entities. Some games are based on emergence, but not always as some rely more on pre-defined content that is interactively discovered by players during the game. You can find some emergent qualities also in music, undoubtedly at the very basic level of physics of sound.

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