The Power of Play

Stories about how fun and leisure have changed the world

Playing Games with Life

Games, as a medium, are somewhat unique in that playing them can also simultaneously be an invitation to experience a simulation of power.
Ian Steadman
5 min read

NASA Turns to Games For A New Generation of Space Art

NASA spent the 20th century asking illustrators to imagine the future of space exploration. To inspire a new generation of engineers, scientists, and astronauts, they are turning to games developers.
Paul Dean
3 min read

War-Gaming for Peace

Politicians, generals, and NGOs around the world regularly play through “war games.” But, increasingly, these games aren’t simulating war-they’re simulating how to keep the peace.
Paul Dean
5 min read

It’s Time For a New Kind of Power Fantasy

Games can–and must–offer different definitions of fantasy, including fantasies of safety and peace.
Leigh Alexander
6 min read

Games Can Help Us Understand Power

Blast Theory designs games that play with our moral boundaries.
Matt Locke
5 min read

Wargaming Needs New Recruits to Save Lives

Simulating combat through play has an important history–but its future in the era of computer simulations is uncertain.
Mark Wallace
8 min read

The Uneasy Blurring of Work & Play

Your time is their money–and you may feel that your moments are being sold too cheaply.
Tom Chatfield
6 min read

Was Gamification a Terrible Lie?

Turning work into play was sold as a miracle for increasing productivity–but was that ever really plausible?
Simon Parkin
9 min read

Games as a Path to Self-Care

Neuroscientific research has found that playing games can offer players therapeutic value.
Andrea Ayres
5 min read

Serious Games Finally Find Their Fun

Games often struggle to marry play with purpose–but a new wave of indie titles hits the sweet spot.
Duncan Jefferies
8 min read

The World Has a Playground Deficit

The benefits of play for children are immense–yet too many of the world’s cities lack even basic infrastructure for it.
Christine Ro
6 min read

Games Are a Playground for Artificial Intelligence

Play is one of the primary ways humans learn new skills and abilities–and the same applies to AI.
Greg Noone
7 min read

The Power of Play: A Reading List

A crash course on how fun and leisure can change the world
How We Get To Next
5 min read

5 Simulations For Showing How the World Works

These computer simulations let you experiment with the hidden factors that shape everything around us.
Duncan Geere
1 min read

Art Remade for Minecraft

Mixing videogames and art.
Duncan Geere
2 min read

Game of Breaths: A Mobile App to Treat Panic Attacks

The game makes breathing exercises part of the play.
Jenny Adamthwaite
2 min read