The beauty of games and the dark side of gamification

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“Probability is quite a recent concept … but for most of humanity's existence, it [dice] wasn't something that produced random numbers. There was some spiritual force deciding the outcome of those dice, and we still have it today,” says author Tristan Donovan. Photo by Shutterstock.

*This episode originally aired on April 16, 2022

Playing games intrinsically affects how we understand ourselves and conduct our lives. Hear from C. Thi Nguyen, professor of philosophy at the University of Utah and author of “Games: Agency as Art.”

Also, games have long, multicultural origins, and they’re important for child development, explains Tristan Donovan, author of "It’s All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan" and “Replay: The History of Video Games.”



Andrea Brody