Men do not quit playing because they grow old;
they grow old because they quit playing. — Holmes
What happened to free play?
When it comes to Virtual Reality’s impact on kids, how long is too long? How young is too young?
Can a handicapped person break free of their chains of disability in a virtual world?
Is gaming addiction to Fortnite at epidemic proportions?
Do violent games contribute to youth violence?
Games and Play
- build stuff: K’Nex
- cards: Hanabi, funybonetoys
- free play: Waldorf School
- movies: big
- outside: Last Child in the Woods Louv
- paper airplanes: The Paper Airplane Guy
- puzzles: International Puzzle Party
- reviews: National Toy Hall of Fame
- robot toys: Ozobot, play-i
- surprise me: Blind Boxes
- trivia: HQ
On Being Outside
Your best experts are anybody over 50 because we literally grew up being outside and have now lived through a transition period and observed the differences between our generation and today’s.
There is nothing that replenishes and repairs the soul like being outside and connected with weather, nature’s green, earth’s blue sky, the sun’s warm glow, fresh air, randomness, and serendipity. Outside for us old-schoolers was a giant playground, stage and fablab for creating things and making up play and games as you go. We could hardly wait to run out the front door of school and be with our friends and be FREE! It was always sad to have to go back inside.
Unfortunately, the awareness of this special gift is slipping away with each internet minute.
- game producer & arenas: Blizzard Entertainment
- MMOBA: King of Glory
- monetizing star players: Twitch
- movie: Ender’s Game Card
- OASIS: Ready Player One
- optimized self: Augmented King
- pick your spots and then bet big: James Holzhauer
- public speaking: Ovation
- research: Virtual Human Interaction Lab
- training: Strivr
- un-virtual: Going Outside