The world doesn't need any more spreadsheets, says Jane McGonigal. Tear up your to-do list and play a game this weekend instead.
In a recent interview, the video game designer told Big Think that play is just as important than work, even when it comes to productivity. "When we play games," we tap into positive emotions "like curiosity and optimism and creativity, even love. These emotions actually stay with us for up to 24 hours after we finish playing the game," she says. What could be more productive than that?
There's also Nicole Lazzaro, founder and President of XEODesign, on what makes a game fun (she's studied it scientifically), historian Rachel Maines speculating on whether household chores will one day be made into sport, and -- just for fun -- chef Wylie Dufresne on playing with your food.