Gaming is much more than trying to shoot down Space Invaders or battling between alliances and hordes in Azeroth or teleport through Portals. Jane McGonigal believes that increased gaming can help solve the problems in the world. Stuart Brown explains the benefits and necessity of having fun to create a fully-developed person. What do you think? How does this apply to your concept of learning?
Gaming Can Make a Better World
Dr. McGonigal has a vision for the future based upon the propagation of playing games. She has bases her future ideas on stories of the past. Conversely, her plans involve a future that provides opportunities that are now available due to today’s technological opportunities.
Play is More than Fun
Serious Gaming Conference, 2008
The importance of play is apparent throughout society. Dr. Brown demonstrates how it is a necessary aspect of personal development for both human and non-human species.
How does this relate to gaming? What needs to be changed in your learning environment to begin to provide this sort of fun learning experience?
A Manifesto for Play, for Bulgaria and Beyond
TEDxBG Talks in Sofia, Bulgaria
Steve Keil shares his ideas on how the whole culture of Bulgaria can be improved through allowing and pursuing play. Consider the culture he is describing where fun and play were squashed through years of communistic oppression.
Do you agree with his ideas for making change? What is he doing that is making a different world in the world? How does this relate to the messages that Stuart Brown is proposing?
Check out his http://playmanifesto.org to review his ideas.
Look for additional resources and add them to the comments below. What can you find that will benefit your colleagues use in their understanding of our futures’ possibilities?
- Gamer Heal Thyself With Jane McGonigal’s SuperBetter (fastcompany.com)
- Jane McGonigal on Games for a Better World (wadatripp.wordpress.com)
- Is the Gamification of Education a Good Thing? (alicia-arnold.com)
- Real-World Possibility Spaces in MMORPGs (rhetoric114.wordpress.com)
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