Can Gaming Save the World?

Game designer Jane McGonigal spoke about harnessing the power of game mechanics to make a better world. McGonigal asks what would happen if we were able to tap into the emotional resonance and powerful feedback loops we find within games and apply them to solving real-world problems. Since we routinely save worlds inside of games, might there be a way to “learn the habits of heroes” and do more to incentivize world-changing in our offline real lives?
Dr. McGonigal is behind a number of the most notable alternate reality games and works as director of game research & development for the Institute for the Future.

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