Spellen spelen kan de wereld veranderen

Gisteren kwam er ook al een video voorbij van deze productieve game design dame, hier een wat oudere TED Talk van Jane McGonical over hoe Gaming de wereld kan veranderen.

Games zoals World of Warcraft geven de speler de middelen werelden te redden en de drijfveer om de gewoontes van helden te leren. Maar wat als we deze kracht van gamers konden gebruiken om echte problemen op te lossen? Jane McGonigal zegt dat dat mogelijk is, en legt uit waarom.

Jane McGonigal asks: Why doesn’t the real world work more like an online game? In the best-designed games, our human experience is optimized: We have important work to do, we’re surrounded by potential collaborators, and we learn quickly and in a low-risk environment. In her work as a game designer and director of game R&D at the Institute for the Future, she creates games that use mobile and digital technologies to turn everyday spaces into playing fields, and everyday people into teammates. Her game-world insights can explain–and improve–the way we learn, work, solve problems, and lead our real lives.

Several years ago she suffered a serious concussion, and she created a multiplayer game to get through it, opening it up to anyone to play. In “Superbetter,” players set a goal (health or wellness) and invite others to play with them–and to keep them on track. While most games, and most videogames, have traditionally been about winning, we are now seeing increasing collaboration and games played together to solve problems.

“I say we work together and … create a new world we all want to participate in. I am not sure what that looks like, but I applaud Jane McGonigal for sharing a peek at it with me.”
Kelly Krolik