Constance Steinkuehler, associate professor in digital media at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was the keynote speaker when the Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC) hosted the 2016 New Media Consortium, June 14-16, at RIT and the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The conference annually draws hundreds of highly-skilled professionals from universities, colleges, museums and research centers, and stimulates and furthers the exploration and use of new media and technologies for learning and creative expression. Thought leaders within the education industry are encouraged to “push the envelope” and implement cutting-edge technologies and learning approaches. Steinkuehler talked about her research that suggests key advances are needed to help usher in a new golden age of games. She also discussed the intellectual life of commercial entertainment video games, the ways in which the culture of play functions as a critique of schooling, and how games might serve as a vehicle for American domestic policy.