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Did ancient Egyptian parents worry their kids might get addicted to this game, called senet? Keith Schengili-Roberts/Wikimedia Commons

Games blamed for moral decline and addiction throughout history

Somewhere between the early Buddhist times and today, worries about game addiction have given way to scientific understanding of the benefits of play, rather than its detriments.
Schools could use bushwalking as an activity and link it to lessons in other subjects such as geography and science. Shutterstock/Monkey Business Images

Bushwalking and bowls in schools: we need to teach kids activities they’ll go on to enjoy

We need to keep active and exercise to stay healthy. So why not teach school kids some of the activities they'd go on to enjoy later in life?
Residents play Pimp my Suburb, an exercise in engaging the community in achieving higher density while preserving what they love about their neighbourhood. Anthony Duckworth-Smith

Playing games? It’s a serious way to win community backing for change

Faced with local planning changes like infill development people often fear they could lose the neighbourhood they love. But serious games are proving effective in giving locals a say in their future.
Parenting win: Your children leave home and say, ‘I loved family time when I was little. Every Friday night was dinner and games.’ Shutterstock

Boost kids’ skills and memories with weekly game night

A regular family ritual like a dinner and games night contributes to the rhythm and predictability of life and becomes part of a family's unique DNA.
This playable tram generates different musical compositions at different speeds when viewed through a smartphone camera using an augmented reality app. James H.H. Morgan

Take the tram into a more playable city

Melbourne has its first playable art tram – a 32.5-metre-long musical score played via augmented reality. So what's the idea of playable trams and playable cities really about?
High school students at the University of Maine Farmington’s Upward Bound program playing the World Climate simulation. Mary Sinclair

How a game can move people from climate apathy to action

In the 'World Climate' simulation, people play delegates to UN climate negotiations and work to strike an agreement that meets global climate goals. Playing it has made thousands want to take action.

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