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Welcome to Play is the thing!

Here we host chats between Max Davie, paediatrician, gamer and dad, and a host of interesting people who are interested in play.

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Where does play begin, and where does it end?

Jul 16, 2019

Take a look at the images at the top of this post. Which of them would you say represent a form of play? Some of you might require some kind of thing to play with, others will focus on rules. In the view of many play researchers, only 3 of these are images of play (we’ll come to which three later). But I’d like to...


Is there such a thing as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ play

Jul 16, 2019

Look at the two images at the top of this post. It’s a fair bet that they provoke different emotional reactions in you, and odds-on that you will have a more positive reaction to the one on the left. I wanted to explore why that might be, and to what extent such a response might be justified.

I think this matters...


Let’s talk about play (baby)

Jul 16, 2019

Play is everywhere in society. Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry, and there seems little sign of sport losing its choke-hold on the national psyche anytime soon. Board games, my particular obsession, are experiencing a sustained and wonderful renaissance, and I write this surrounded by commuters, each...


Jul 3, 2019

Where to start? Max starts off comparing Jason to a burlesque dancer, then Jason sings to illustrate the concept of trauma. 

They talk about a ton of games they love and end up debating whether flow is a self-centred phenomenon!

Who is Jason, you may ask... Listen to find out.

(or go to @engn_podcast on twitter)

So we...