Advent Calendar 2009

15 - Epic Win: Why Games Are The Future of Learning

She says: “Let’s make the future!” Jane McGonigal is a pro­lif­ic alter­nate-real­i­ty-games design­er and leads game research and devel­op­ment at the insti­tute for the future. Occasionally, she also gives real­ly cool pre­sen­ta­tions with stim­u­lat­ing ideas in them. Nobel prizes for game devel­op­ers? Sure thing. And again, we are talk­ing about using the pow­er of games for every­day life. In her slides, she out­lines the col­lab­o­ra­tive poten­tial of games, appeal­ing to the cen­tral inner crav­ing for hap­pi­ness we humans feel. She sum­ma­rizes her key points for this human crav­ing repeat­ed­ly:

  • Satisfying work
  • Experience of being good at some­thing
  • Time with friends/people we like
  • Being part of some­thing big­ger

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