Games. Everyone loves them - and pretty much everyone plays them, whether it's cutting-edge electronic games, or traditional games like chess and bridge, or anything in between. And when you look at our history, starting with the very first work of written history in the Western canon, it's clear we always have. With strong evidence linking play to learning, intelligence, creativity, community connectedness, physical AND mental health, problem-solving, systems literacy, psychological literacy, optimism, and a host of other benefits, this is a good thing! But given that play is so profoundly linked to and good for humanity, where is the public institutional support for it? This presentation attempts to (very briefly!) outline the case for games and play, describe how we could be covering and supporting them a whole lot better, and then plot a course for how to get there from here. First presented at PAX Aus, it's now being shared online. If you like the ideas contained in this presentation, check out http://apili.org and http://australianplayalliance.org! Or you can read more by the author at http://philipminchin.com - or contact him via http://philipminchin.com/contact if you have questions or would like to consult him on a matter related to games and play.