Jane McGonigal feels that through gaming, we can save the world and in order to do that, we need to go from spending 3 billion hours a week playing online games, to 21 billion hours a week gaming online.
During her speech, posted over on RPS, Jane said that as a culture gamers leave our “broken” world and run off to our virtual ones because its a more rewarding cohesive place.
“When we’re in game worlds I believe that many of us become the best versions of ourselves,” she said. “The most likely to help at a moment’s notice, most likely to stick with a problem as long as it takes, to get up after failure and try again.”
It is a very interesting talk, and one that expands on her belief that MMOs generate collective intelligence, and can be utilized as a solution to social issues.
Go have a watch.
McGonigal is a designer and researcher, specializing in pervasive gaming and alternate reality games, according to this.