Games tickle my brain the right way. I enjoy examining them, making them, and playing them.
This year, I realized my mind spends a lot of time thinking about the world in terms of games, so I might as well follow my enthusiasm and dive in.
Why not spend my life doing what I enjoy the most?
What I’m going to write about
These are some of the questions I’m exploring:
How can games enrich your life?
- What can we learn from games? (games as powerful learning engines)
- How to use games to connect with others? (games as rich social experiences)
- How to enjoy games more? (games as vehicles for joy)
How to use games to help others?
- How to use games to enhance education? (games as educational tools)
How games shape the world?
- How games shape our thinking about the world? (games as a philosophy)
Right now, my plan is to explore games both hands-on (create games myself) and theoretically (research and write about what makes games remarkable).
I’ll bounce between philosophizing about games as building blocks of our reality and, on the other end, talk about specific games and what makes them worth our time.
How I’m going to share my explorations
I’ll send out a monthly email where I include links to my newest work and the best of what I’ve found in my research. Although, this might change often as I figure out what works best for me along the way.
So, an email from me might include a mixture of:
- One or two of my newest essays about games
- Links to other worthwhile articles, books, and videos I bumped into in my research
- A recommendation for a cool game you might like (could be a board game or video game)
- Highlights from my design diaries where I share lessons from creating games with my own hands and brains
Why write about games
I always loved games. But, in the past, I thought games were “merely” games. I though they were unimportant, something that’s fun but ultimatelly doens’t matter and isn’t worth spending my time on beyond an occasional playing session to quelch my regular thirst for gaming.
However, over the last year, I completely changed my opinion on games. Or, I should say: I changed my opinion on what is important in life, and that changed my attitude towards games.
I won’t go deeper into why that is right now. Partly because I’m not exactly sure yet. It’s one of the things I want to understand better and put into words soon.
Get my emails about games
So. If you like what you see, feel free to join me in my playful explorations:
Get my monthly emails about why games matter.