The Joy of Failure and the Power of Play

12 May 2018
30-min session

The Joy of Failure and the Power of Play

Why do we avoid failure in real life but thrive on it in games? In many games you will lose a hundred times for every fleeting victory. Spawn, try, die, repeat. Spawn, try, die, repeat. How is this fun and what can we learn from it? This session will examine how failure, play, fun and learning are intertwined, looking at how specific game mechanics can be applied in lesson design and the creation of learning materials.
What will you get out of this session? A dab of existential philosophy, a scoop of game literacy and a good dose of transferrable, game-inspired interaction design ideas.