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In Defense of Childish Things

“When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” C. S Lewis

When we become professionals in a modern world of specialization, we set aside many of the things that made us happy as children: play, drawing, storytelling. But is this the right decision? Paintings by Bruegel show adults playing games in the street. Behavioral evolutionists have discovered storytelling is a survival trait. Most great thinkers draw, from Einstein and theoretical mathematicians to composers and choreographers like Merce Cunningham. When we set aside these fundamental human activities, are we really being grownups? Or are we crippling our ability to excel in exchange for the semblance of adulthood?

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In Defense of Childish Things

  1. 1. In Defense of Christina Wodtke Curious Human
  2. 2. • Photo of elvish box
  3. 3. Photosof• myla r comics
  4. 4. Surprise & delight
  5. 5. AFFECTIONATE compassionate friendly loving open hearted sympathetic tender warm ENGAGED absorbed alert curious engrossed enchanted entranced fascinated interested intrigued involved spellbound stimulated AFFECTIONATE compassionate friendly loving open hearted sympathetic tender warm CONFIDENT empowered open proud safe secure EXCITED amazed animated ardent aroused astonished dazzled eager energetic enthusiastic giddy invigorated lively passionate surprised vibrant HOPEFUL expectant encouraged optimistic GRATEFUL appreciative moved thankful touched INSPIRED amazed awed wonder JOYFUL amused delighted glad happy jubilant pleased tickled EXHILARATED blissful ecstatic elated enthralled exuberant radiant rapturous thrilled PEACEFUL calm clear headed comfortable centered content equanimous fulfilled mellow quiet relaxed relieved satisfied serene still tranquil trusting REFRESHED enlivened rejuvenated renewed rested restored revived (c) 2005 by Center for Nonviolent Communication Website: www.cnvc.org
  6. 6. Frustration
  7. 7. AFRAID apprehensive dread foreboding frightened mistrustful panicked petrified scared suspicious terrified wary worried ANNOYED aggravated dismayed disgruntled displeased exasperated frustrated impatient irritated irked CONFUSED ambivalent baffled bewildered dazed hesitant lost mystified perplexed puzzled torn DISCONNECTED alienated aloof apathetic bored cold detached distant distracted indifferent numb removed uninterested withdrawn EMBARRASSED ashamed chagrined flustered guilty mortified self-conscious DISQUIET agitated alarmed discombobulated disconcerted disturbed perturbed rattled restless shocked startled surprised troubled turbulent turmoil uncomfortable uneasy unnerved unsettled upset YEARNING envious jealous longing nostalgic pining wistful PAIN agony anguished bereaved devastated grief heartbroken hurt lonely miserable regretful remorseful SAD depressed dejected despair despondent disappointed discouraged disheartened forlorn gloomy heavy hearted hopeless melancholy unhappy wretched TENSE anxious cranky distressed distraught edgy fidgety frazzled irritable jittery nervous overwhelmed restless stressed out VULNERABLE fragile guarded helpless insecure leery reserved sensitive shaky AVERSION animosity appalled contempt disgusted dislike hate horrified hostile repulsed FATIGUE beat burnt out depleted exhausted lethargic listless tired weary worn out ANGRY enraged furious incensed indignant irate livid outraged resentful(c) 2005 by Center for Nonviolent Communication Website: www.cnvc.org
  8. 8. Ravaja, Niklas, et al. The Psychophysiology of Video Gaming: Phasic Emotional Responses to Game Events. Digital Games Research Association International Conference 2005.
  9. 9. Grace (62/ female/ widowed/ Little Rock, AR.) “I like playing my favorite games online, but if I can play with friends, well that’s even better!” Personal Background: Her husband has passed on. She has two grown kids, both of whom live far away. She misses the kids, but has a fairly large circle of friends that she spends time with. Technical Proficiency: Limited. Can use her browser and her email. MS Word confuses her, and she doesn’t like using it. Doesn’t know what an OS is. Tends to click yes if the browser prompts her to do anything, and will click wildly until things work. History with games: Plays crossword puzzles daily and saves them. Plays card games, PhotoJam, but is offended by South Park cartoons Game’s opportunity: If Grace can be convinced to participate in community activities, she will become a loyal user of the site. She needs to be sheltered from the sick and twisted content, however.2001
  10. 10. Richard Bartle http://www.mud.co.uk/richard/hcds.htm Drawing: Frank Caron http://frankcaron.com
  11. 11. 4 Key Engagement Styles in Social Gaming Compete CollaborateExplore Express Amy Jo Kim amyjokim.com @amyjokim
  12. 12. Satisficers Self-discoveryOptimizers Socializers
  13. 13. This is a core loop for a very simple game. Start with fish eggs, that you grow into fish that you sell to buy more valuable fish eggs
  15. 15. I get knocked down You ain't ever gonna keep me down. But I get up again
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  17. 17. • Exist hot it’s oyn scme • Played voluntarily • Play is special and set apart (magic circle) • Play is fun • Player play by rules (which can be fluid) The Elements of Play: Toward a Philosophy and a Definition of Play Scott G. Eberle
  18. 18. tryine to twistnlay to a n en d titia tesit, ma iine it seem less a n d lessliie nlay’ --Scott Eb erle, Mssesm ofPlay
  19. 19. Said by no kid ever
  20. 20. • How many TED talks tells that
  21. 21. DOODLES Which means we have a picture of Sunni Brown.
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