russell davies: playful
This is a really nice piece of work. It's worth your time if you have ever thought about fun or games or the power of pretending or why most games are a bit rubbish.
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Lots of things that are supposed to be games are really collections. Have you ever tried to play the official pokemon card game? It's intensely complicated, we never even got close to finishing a game.
So Arthur (my son) and his friends used to improvise their own games to play with them - usually some variant of Top Trumps.
Which means collecting has to turn into negotiation and collecting play becomes social. This, to me, seems to be the most valuable bit of most of Arthur's play - the negotiation and social problem-solving they have to do to invent the rules for their own games. It's clearly more interesting to them too, because they spend way more time arguing about and changing the rules than they do actually playing the game they're devising.