We received an email today from the co-chairs of Meaningful Play today that they have rejected our entry, Elephant in the Relationship,  into the games competition.  Clearly there was some misunderstanding of the rule set presented in the game (one reviewer thought, erroneously, that you needed to play the game with your actual partner). We are currently reviewing and rewriting our rule set to address such simple misunderstandings. There was also an assertion that the Meaningful Play conference was primarily for digital games (an assertion that further distresses me as one of the keynote speakers at this year’s conference is Helle Winding, currently the senior director within marketing and product management for Lego® Universe, a new MMORPG.)  Yes, even Legos are focusing more and more on the digital realm. This idea that meaningful play is a “digital only” realm is a little short-sighted, in my opinion, and one that should be reconsidered by the conference’s organizers.

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