Toys, Games and Play
What is a game, and why does it matter? Game designers seriously discuss what makes a game a game, while others wonder why we care so much. With the rise of gamification, and the application of game design principles in most areas of life, a different question comes to my mind. How can we learn from games to improve our lives, like many are trying to do, if we don't know the difference between a toy and a game? Even a general understanding of what a game is can help us understand how they engage, empower and encourage us to do and be better inside games, so we can use those lessons outside of games, in the physical world.