Although some could argue that today’s youth spend far too much time playing video games, Jane McGonigal questions whether or not they’re playing enough. When examining the advantages of playing more video games and applying the lessons learned throughout that process properly, McGonigal is convinced the world can become a better place.
As a video game designer, some could argue that McGonigal has a horse in the race, and it should come as no surprise that she would encourage gamers to game even more. But more importantly than her proclamation that gaming can make a positive impact on one’s life is how McGonigal is encouraging people to apply their time gaming. The author doesn’t merely inspire people to play more video games and call it a day, but that they use their passion and problem-solving abilities to accomplish more in their lives than they ever believed possible.
With a PhD in performance studies, McGonigal and a New York Times bestseller already under her belt, the credentials of the game enthusiast expand beyond what most might expect of one who evangelizes plumbers-turned-heroes like Mario and Luigi. And by speaking with audiences at TED Talks and appearing on The Colbert Report, McGonigal has reached people with her theories that may not have ever considered the values of gaming.
Check out her TED Talks appearance in the video below and keep an eye out for her newest book, Super Better: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient. And be sure to let us know in the comments below what you think of McGonigal’s view on gaming and what it could mean when applied in this revolutionary manner.