Learning starts when playing begins

I’ve been interested in games and game playing all my life. Some of my earliest memories are about playing and learning games. My Grandmother taught me all sorts of board and card games; she also loved cricket, which we used to play together in her garden and she passed all these passions onto me.

Games are fundamental building blocks. Parents begin teaching their children by playing games and learning through play continues throughout childhood and beyond. Card games aid memory, word games expand vocabulary, strategy games and sports improve mental and physical stamina. Most importantly, playing games is not only educational, but fun.

Through play we learn our likes and dislikes, how we respond to and interact with other people. Games instil competitiveness, build confidence and strengthen self control. In schools, universities and the boardroom, games are often used as theoretical models.

One of the great things about games is the camaraderie and friendship that playing inspires. In our digital age, almost any game can be adapted or has been exclusively devised for the computer. It is therefore possible to play games on your own or with anyone, anywhere and at any time. However, in a world increasingly fragmented and virtual, sitting around a table, playing a board game whilst chatting with friends, delivers that simple pleasure of human contact.

We are in the midst of a golden age of gaming.

Go on, learn a new game today. Have fun, meet friends and enjoy yourself.


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