Immersive Teaching

David and Lisa Spira, explaining the Escape Room industry on CBS Sunday Morning with host David Pogue.

The Power of Play

By David and Lisa Spira Everything we do is predicated on a single idea: We believe in the transformative, timeless, and cross-culture power of play. Pick any time in history and any place on earth; if humans were present so was play. Play is fundamental, necessary, and powerful. 

Change Through Play

Game design is all about building environments and mechanics that give your players a break from reality and a chance to learn and explore their own capabilities.

The escape room and immersive gaming world has long been shifting towards the theatrical with games that explore the human condition, and help each individual player better understand their capabilities in this world. The safety of a game environment provides an incredible freedom to step outside of your comfort zone. When it’s done well, the players learn things about themselves without trying or even realizing what has happened. 

Rehabilitation Through Play

It is not only possible to build systems of rehabilitation through play, it’s wise and necessary. As a society we have endured over a century of applying rigid legal structures to rehabilitation with limited success to the frustration of all parties. The game designer’s time has arrived.

The Escape Room area in the facility will also be used for rehabilitation. While games are traditionally associated purely with fun, we’ve seen incredible advancements in gaming as the designers and concepts mature. Games are more than capable of carrying potent messages. Traditional forms rehabilitation need a game designer.  All too often we see rehab programs that revolve around the same roundtables and conversations. This kind of outreach is understandable because it is easy, even if it isn’t effective. No matter how well-intentioned a roundtable or lecture is, it’s easy for that messaging to fail to resonate because it’s external.

David and Lisa Spira, Founders of Room Escape Artist Since 2014, Room Escape Artist has been a leader in the escape room and immersive gaming communities. They publish daily game reviews, design analysis, player tips, and industry commentary. Additionally, they design escape games for television and large events as well as organize an annual industry event, the Reality Escape Convention.