Author Bernie DeKoven

Bernie DeKoven

Bernie De Koven is a leading fun theorist who has shown over the course of his 45 year career how fun and playfulness can positively affect every aspect of personal and interpersonal health. Many of the most important trends in games today, from the 1960’s New Games to game apps have roots in Bernie’s influential ideas. He is the author of The Well-Played Game (originally published by Doubleday in 1978 and reissued in 2013 by MIT Press) as well as Junkyard Sports, and A Playful Path (over 640,000 downloads). His CD, Recess for the Soul, became the basis for his newest book, Infinite Playgrounds, to be published by MIT Press. A wealth of insight and extraordinary game resources are available at and


Children have shown us all along, you can MAKE BELIEVE. Bernie DeKoven amplifies that, saying, “You…