The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter

What people are saying…

"The best book on games and education in YEARS. Very worth a read!" -Raph Koster, legendary game designer and author of A Theory of Fun for Game Design

"In this broad and thoroughly researched book, Toppo argues that video games are poised to transform not just schools but education at large." -T. Rees Shapiro, The Washington Post

a "deeply reported and compassionately argued book ... As the parent of a young child, I began The Game Believes in You thinking of video games as a kind of menace. I finished it believing that games are one of the most promising opportunities to liberate children from the damaging effects of schools that are hostile to fun." -Kevin Carey, The New York Times Book Review, April 19, 2015"

"Between hype and hating lies the nuanced discoveries of veteran education reporter - and former teacher - Greg Toppo ... Some of his findings might surprise you." -Eric Westervelt, NPR

If I had to recommend just one book, it would likely be Greg Toppo's The Game Believes in You. If you need convincing on the benefits of gaming in education, Toppo's witty and readable style (along with anecdotes and research) should win you over. -Adam Watson, Digital Learning Coordinator of Shelby County, Ky., Public Schools

Toppo, you have made me a fan of your work." -The Geek Spot

"A mind-changing book by an outstanding reporter." -John Merrow, Education Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

"The most important book on games and learning in a decade!" -Jane McGonigal, author of Superbetter and Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

"... the best book since mine - and it is much better written than mine. Greg has done a great job. The book is both highly informative and really entertaining at the same time." -James Paul Gee, author of What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy

"I wanted to hate this book ..." -Robert Pondiscio, U.S. News & World Report