When you were a teenager you may have had a friend whose family had a place in their house which was dedicated to playing competitive, action games. Some of these were like pieces of furniture: There could have been a pool table; a Pinball Machine, Foosball, ping pong or Air Hockey. That place was called "the play room" and having one (or even knowing someone who had one) was really, really cool.
In addition, there were games that were big but could be stored away. There was Nok-Hockey;
Many of these rooms offered a bar, popcorn and even an at home ice cream parlor. Let me ask you this question. Is there a better way to keep your children safe and to create a social atmosphere that draws friends and relatives than a family playroom?
It seems to me that one way to grow the toy industry is to reach out to those who create these environments. Do you think that the toy industry adequately embraces these forms of play? Does it work with furniture companies, architectural and / design groups to encourage the creation of play environments? If you have information on this area of play or an opinion please let us know.