Jane McGonigal: Gaming Can Make A Better World

by Mike G.

Coming at us via @CaptainDeadmeat is a really fascinating lecture on TED.

To sum up, game designer Jane McGonigal, believes we can change the world for the better. And to do this we must harness the power of games and gamers.

We must fully recommend watching this video in its entirety. Even if you disagree with her conclusion(although she is very convincing), there are some amazing take-aways from this talk.

  • Gamers spend 3 BILLION hours a week on online games!
  • Gamers have logged an impressive 5.93 million years in WOW!
  • Young people today will have spent 10,000 hours playing online games by the age of 21. That is equal to the amount of time spent in school from 5th grade to high school graduation!
  • Games have historically helped civilizations over come disasters such as famine!
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