Men playing boules

Somewhere on the island of Malta

When you think about a game (basketball, tennis, boules), how much of the game is about the rules and how much is about social entanglements? The idea is to play to win based on a set of predetermined rules. But in the process of doing so can there be interruptions? Who settles disputes? Is the audience able to comment and come to a player’s aide? Is there handicapping based on size or age of the players?

So, what say you? 90-75-50 percent of the process is the game, and the rest is social?