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Hacks/Hackers

12Jul11

First off, apologies for all those who’ve been missing the DWS molten eloquence. I’ve taken on a new start-up project, so it’s all busy busy busy (mainly working out what I’ll do with my untold riches when my ship comes in – colossal equestrian statues and gold-plated yachts, I imagine). There have been some good […]


This weekend sees the arrival of the London Games Festival, celebrating computer and video games across London for the next month. OK, it’s a bit more video-gamey than gamey-gamey, but there are some events for non-gamers, such as the Board Game Camp, which will be looking at what makes good gameplay and how to design […]


Reading time folks, as there’s a new book out, which is apparently very thorough on the role of play in human development. It’s called The Evolution of Childhood by the American anthropologist Melvin Konner, and the critics are praising it to the hilt. Here’s a quote nabbed off Amazon from Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, author of […]


I might be repeating myself here. But having gone to an American university where fun and frivolity definitely took second billing to serious graft, I’m really happy to see more and more commentators expounding the importance of play. This is taken from a recent New York Times article, where the author – an educational psychologist […]


Two quick things: 1) Well done to Caitlin Moran in the Times this week for her article celebrating play. Bafflingly the headline’s something about buttocks on a skirting board, and the reference was lost on me. But nonetheless it was good to see someone championing the right to toboggan on a riot shield, and inject […]