There are two things of note here. One is that Margaret recently took part in a discussion about the psychology of games. You can read the result in last Sunday’s Observer, or online:
Central to it all is a simple theory – that games are fun because they teach us interesting things and they do it in a way that our brains prefer – through systems and puzzles.
The second thing of note – and if you’ve looked at the picture above, you may already have started to deduce this – is that Margaret was photographed for the piece; and that in order to show just how much fun games could be, the photographer encouraged her to wear every single brightly-coloured object in the Hide&Seek store cupboard. Experienced Sandpit players may recognise the feather-dusters and bucket from Scoop!, plus the ribbons and silver gloves from Visible Cities; nobody’s quite sure where the half-deflated football (just out of shot) came from.
The moral of this story is: always keep everything, because you never know when a photographer from a national newspaper will coax you into draping it over yourself and/or brandishing it triumphantly.
(The moral of the article is rather different, and you’ll have to read it to find out.)
Picture by Michael Dales.