Jane McGonigal feels gaming can save the world

By Stephany Nunneley
18 March 2010 20:51 GMT

Jane McGonigal

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.

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