By Richard Moss
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Everyone plays. Kids and adults. Men and women. Uptight or relaxed. Tall or short, from any place on the Earth and with any skin colour. We play with our hair and our food. We play when we tease our friends and family about their weird habits. We play videogames and boardgames. We roleplay as practice for a big interview or new job, or just for fun. Play is a natural part of being human, and even if we don't realise it we all spend at least some of the time every day playing. Ludiphilia is a highly-polished, thoroughly-edited collection of stories about how and why we play, with all episodes scripted and set to music and most based on original interviews.
||CleanEpisode 10: Beyond Monks (If Monks Had Macs part 2)||Life after If Monks Had Macs aka What Brian Thomas did next; ruminations on photography and the politics of art and play. (Based on an interview conducted in early January 2017.)||7/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: If Monks Had Macs||It all started with a Macintosh ad: 'You too can be a knowledge worker.' This is the story of Brian Thomas' 15-year odyssey at the helm of one of the strangest pieces of multimedia software ever created — If Monks Had Macs.||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode a-brief-note-on-the-delay: A Brief Note on the Delay||I know I said I'd have a new episode out in February, and now we're in the second half of March. There's a reason for that. Here's a quick rundown of what's been happening behind the scenes (spoiler: it's mostly down to Apple being difficult).||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Locke||On the eve of the Industrial Revolution and the morn of the English Civil War, one man reinvented educational thought.||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Ausretrogamer||When Alex Boz dug his Commodore 64 out of storage, he was transported instantly back to his childhood, and that set him on the path to rediscover a lost passion and find a community he could call home.||8/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: The Manhole||How brothers Rand and Robyn Miller built worlds from a manhole.||5/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: 5 - Where the City (Simulation) Stops||SimCity is a wonderful simulation of the urban machinery around us, and a playground for messing with our cities. But it turns out the original game, at least, doesn't actually work the way it seems.||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Fernando Pessoa||On Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa and the playful freedom of creating as someone else — someone distinct, and unique, but non-existent.||3/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Avatars in Need||Sometimes play gives us a little helping hand||2/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Mercy||(Now with fixed audio levels) Mercy - A devoted wrestling fan hacks and modifies an old Nintendo 64 game called WWF No Mercy to help deal with the pain of his shattered dream, and gets more out of it than he'd bargained for.||12/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Playful Pedagogical Primers||Two stories about learning by playing systems-driven games: the first on the educational value of Minecraft, with TeacherGaming CEO Santeri Koivisto; the second with Chaim Gingold, creator of the Earth Primer app.||10/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|