Ludiphilia

Everyone plays. Kids and adults. Men and women. Uptight or relaxed. Tall or short, from any place on the Earth and with any skin colour. We play with our hair and our food. We play when we tease our friends and family about their weird habits. We play videogames and boardgames. We roleplay as practice for a big interview or new job, or just for fun. Play is a natural part of being human, and even if we don't realise it we all spend at least some of the time every day playing. Ludiphilia is a highly-polished, thoroughly-edited collection of stories about how and why we play.

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Episode 13: The Toys That Made Us


I talk the business of toys and pop culture, and what goes into making a documentary series about their history, with The Toys That Made Us producer/director Brian Volk-Weiss. Brian has lots to say about the hidden world behind toys and popular culture, the critical quality of a successful toy, why failure is interesting, the way your past dreams and passions have a way of shaping your future, and more.


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 2019-06-29  41m
 
 

Singapore at Play


An experimental piece on a travel experience of mine last year. I went to Singapore for a week with my fiancée in July and was surprised to find lots of playful touches, despite — or maybe because of — the reputation it has for law and order. And I thought it'd be nice to put together a sort of part travelogue, part essay thing about it. You can find an accompanying photo essay for this story at ludiphilia.net/singaporephotos.


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 2019-04-05  27m
 
 

Bonus/micro ep: The play of professional Minecraft building


I'm back! Well, partly. New episodes are on the way, and in the meantime I thought you might enjoy this excerpt from an interview I conducted a couple of years ago about professional Minecraft building (i.e., people getting paid to build elaborate maps and buildings). Most of what I discuss here with BlockWorks boss James Delaney (who at the time was an architecture student) didn't make the article, so I'm pleased to finally bring it out to the world.


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 2019-02-02  10m
 
 

Episode 12: Playful Mapping


Geographer Chris Perkins, co-author of the book Playful Mapping in the Digital Age, shares his love of maps and helps me explore the deep connection between mapping and play.


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 2018-08-11  43m
 
 

Re-issue of the Chaim Gingold (Earth Primer, Spore) segment from Ep1


In celebration of the release of a Mac version of the award-winning app Earth Primer — a science book for playful people — I thought it'd be nice to dig out the segment I did with its creator, Chaim Gingold, back in episode 1, and clean it up for re-release.


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 2018-01-09  16m
 
 

Episode 11: The Hide & Seek World Championship


On the Nascondino World Championship, a yearly hide and seek tournament that attracts teams from all around the globe. I talked to Alan Jones, the co-captain of the Australian team, the Nascondingos, and Giorgio Moratti, one of the organisers of the competition, about how it works, what it's like, why it exists, and where it's headed next.


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 2017-12-20  39m
 
 

Episode 10: Beyond Monks (If Monks Had Macs part 2)


Life after If Monks Had Macs aka What Brian Thomas did next; ruminations on photography and the politics of art and play. (Based on an interview conducted in early January 2017.)


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 2017-07-16  39m
 
 

Episode 9: If Monks Had Macs


It all started with a Macintosh ad: 'You too can be a knowledge worker.' This is the story of Brian Thomas' 15-year odyssey at the helm of one of the strangest pieces of multimedia software ever created — If Monks Had Macs.


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 2017-04-14  35m
 
 

Episode a-brief-note-on-the-delay: A Brief Note on the Delay


I know I said I'd have a new episode out in February, and now we're in the second half of March. There's a reason for that. Here's a quick rundown of what's been happening behind the scenes (spoiler: it's mostly down to Apple being difficult).


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 2017-03-21  3m
 
 

Episode 8: Locke


On the eve of the Industrial Revolution and the morn of the English Civil War, one man reinvented educational thought.


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 2017-01-25  18m
 
 
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