FAQ

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  • So the Institute is all about video games, right?

    Wrong. We’re interested in games of all kinds: digital games, paper-based games, big games, small games and everything in between. We’re mainly interested in games as uniquely engaging systems with the power to develop highly relevant twenty-first-century skills in players, such as systems thinking, risk taking, critical reflection, collaboration, creative problem solving, tenacity, empathy and innovation.
  • What's the relationship between the Institute of Play and Quest to Learn?

    Quest to Learn was the first project undertaken by the Institute, shortly after the Institute was founded in 2007. The Institute was responsible for the design and start up of Quest to Learn, in partnership with New Visions for Public Schools. The Institute continues to play an integral role in the school’s ongoing development and day-to-day direction. Quest to Learn remains the Institute's largest project to date.
  • Does the Institute make games?

    Yes and no. We’re not a typical game development studio. We take on projects aligned with our mission that enable us to connect what we’ve learned about game design, learning, audience engagement, problem solving and participation with the development, distributional and/or promotional capabilities of other organizations. For instance, we partnered with Eline Media on the public release of Gamestar Mechanic, an innovative online adventure game with built in game design curriculum.
  • With all this talk of games, I assume the Institute's focus is on kids, right?

    We work a lot with kids. But we’re interested in working with audiences of all ages. And we’ve found that audiences of all ages respond to games. And just so you know―according to a survey conducted in 2008 by Ipsos MediaCT―the average age of gamers in the U.S. is thirty-five. And according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, twenty-five percent of gamers are over fifty years of age.
  • Where does the Institute work?

    So far all of the Institute’s projects are based in the U.S. in a few major metropolitan areas, including New York City and Chicago. But we regularly receive inquires from around the world and look forward to testing what we’ve learned in other cultures.
  • I have a project I'd like the Institute's input on. Do you do consulting?

    We’ve supported leading commercial and cultural institutions on projects around game design, audience engagement and innovation. And we’re always on the look out for more ways to share what we know. So please be in touch about your project.
  • I'm planning an event. Can I book someone from the Institute to speak?

    Yes. Institute team members regularly present at events around the world, addressing topics such as game design, learning, innovation, social media, audience engagement, interactive design, technology and learning, curriculum design and teacher development. Please be in touch with us to discuss your needs.
  • I’m totally inspired by the Institute’s work. How can I support it?

    As a registered 501(c)(3) corporation, we rely heavily on the generous support of individuals and institutions to continue our work. And we’re always on the look out for corporate sponsors, especially technology sponsors in the context of our work with schools. Please contact us to start a conversation. Another great way to support what we do is to talk about it . . . with friends, family, colleagues, local and national leaders, online, offline and in the media.
  • Do you mind if I use your research or other materials?

    We encourage you to use our research and any other resources offered here. We only ask that you give credit where credit is due. And please be in touch with suggestions for additional research you’d like to see.
  • I want to be a part of the Institute. Can I get a job?

    The Institute is growing. When job opportunities arise, we post them on our website and on online job boards. We’re always interested in hearing from potential volunteers and interns. Please use the contact form on this website to be in touch.