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Wednesday, Jan 25 2012
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In her book Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How they Can Change the World, game designer and researcher Jane McGonigal makes the case that video games reduce unhappiness in players, hone their critical thinking skills, and can even be harnessed to help solve global problems such as the energy crisis and the exploitation of Third World labor. McGonigal’s thesis might seem heretical at first, but she makes her argument using sociological research, cognitive science, and her own experience as the developer of games like the alternative-reality peak oil simulation World Without Oil. Whether gamers will embrace these so-called “games for good” with the same intensity they’ve applied to killing space Nazis remains an open question, but McGonigal is a perceptive and pioneering thinker, as well as an effective and convincing speaker.
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