Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and how They Can Change the World

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Vintage, 2012 - Computer games - 396 pages
More than 31 million people in the UK are gamers.The average young person in the UK will spend 10,000 hours gaming by the age of twenty-one. The future will belong to those who can understand, design and play games.World-renowned game designer Jane McGonigal knows that videogames are fulfilling genuine human needs, and in Reality is Broken she shows how game designers have hit on core truths about what makes us happy, and utilized these discoveries to astonishing effect in virtual environments. But why, McGonigal asks, should we use the power of games for escapist entertainment alone? In this groundbreaking exploration of the power and future of gaming, she reveals how gamers have become expert problem solvers and collaborators, and shows how we can use the lessons of game design to socially positive ends, be it in our own lives, our communities or our businesses.

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User Review  - JorgeCarvajal - LibraryThing

Jane gives us a glimpse into the future of evolution and the human species. Gives us understanding of the present state of games, their current impact and potential. Finally, Jane gives us hope, for most of us are indeed equipped with the weapons to survive the future. Read full review

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User Review  - devafagan - LibraryThing

Checking this out after watching & enjoying the author's TED talks... Update: Really interesting, but I need to return my copy to the library. Will try to buy my own and continue later! Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Jane McGonigal, Ph.D. is the Director of Game Research and Development at the Institute for the Future. Her work has been featured in theEconomist, Wired, and The New York Times; and on MTV, CNN, and NPR. In 2009, BusinessWeek called her one of the 10 most important innovators to watch. She has given keynote addresses at TED, South by Southwest Interactive, the Game Developers Conference and was a featured speaker at The New Yorker Conference.

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