A Wiki-How of play
Over time, the project will grow to become a Wiki-How of play, dedicated to traditional games and memories.
The idea was born as part of the British Council’s Elevate Challenge., which set the challenge: what can we do to get more young people from around the world playing non-digital games?
Although this had an international scope, the challenge had its roots in East Asia and Japan, where digital gaming is mostly deeply entrenched.
More than 300 people submitted ideas, but PlayFinders was one of the ideas selected to be part of the Elevate Challenge fellowship. This meant a two-week long residency in Japan, play safaris around Tokyo, leading presentations, meeting play experts, creating an experience for children in Yamaguchi and allowing the PlayFinders team to gain a deep understanding about the importance of play.
After the Japan trip, PlayFinders was selected as one of the top three ideas from the Elevate Challenge. Following another research trip, PlayFinders will launch with games and play memories from Japan, Brazil and around the United Kingdom.
What can be uploaded?
Users will be able to upload their rulebooks, images and memories of play. The only rule is that the games and play uploaded does not use digital
The search function will be dynamic, too. It will allow parents, teachers and educators to find the right type of play for whatever scenario they need. What this means is the search function will be linked to the tags; users will be able to search for types of play for a rainy day, for group play, for solo play and other tagged categories.
‘Games and play are integral to education and should be valued more highly. I’ve worked in theatre for a long time, and I know the impact simple drama games and play can have on people – on how they interact, how happy they are and how they learn. We’re not saying digital is bad – I’m a huge gamer and film geek after all! – it’s just about finding the right balance.
‘This PlayFinders website is just the beginning for me, the site today is just a simple offering but we want to build this out across different platforms. Perhaps a PlayFinders book, perhaps a documentary film and we have other ideas too. We want people to forget about screens for a while, and remember that playing is one of the essential aspects of what makes us who we are. I just hope people enjoy what we are doing here, get behind the project, and upload their own memories of play!’
PlayFinders Board Member
Visit PlayFinders.com to find out more and upload your own games.