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McGonigal: Play Videogames, Save The World

Jane McGonigal thinks that gaming can save the world. We currently spend three billion hours a week playing online games. McGonigal says we need to raise that total to twenty-one billion hours a week by the next decade, if we want to address the world's problems. Counter-intuitive, yes. I thought there were only 168 hours in a week... Watch her talk below.

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Boing Boing Versus Jane McGonigal

The ultimate battle! Or at least a strange cosplay dance and a fairly rich conversation - orchestrated by Offworld's peerless documentary GDC coverage - which covers "hacking" player behaviour, developer responsibility, humiliation, secret dance offs, the future of interactivity, programmable realities, the "game movement" and the overall importance of gaming in modern life. If any of that sounds intriguing you should go and watch below,…

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The Hide & Seek Festival: Social Gaming UK

I'm sitting outside the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank. I'm drinking. A woman's just come up to our table and is talking to - well, it's hard to tell if it's us or the voices in her head, but she's insistent. She knows someone's after her. She knows it's the Lovers or the Dancers, those montague and capulet-esque Natural enemies. The problem being,…

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McGonigal: “The Vanguard of Reality Hacking”

New Yorker have posted up a video of researcher Jane McGonigal talking about "the intersection between games and reality." She talks about some of her experiments in gaming, as well as looking at what's most interesting experimental game development at the moment, alternate reality gaming, and how massively-multiplayer gaming could have benefits for the world at large. Some entirely out of context sample quotes: "I…

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McGonigal: “Games Are Like Soap”

Jane McGonigal speaking at SXSW, as excerpted in amusingly out-of-context way from this report: "Games are like soap," McGonigal said. She thinks we should have them in every building and in our pockets. "Except we're not killing germs, we're killing boredom." The actual context is that soap has been around since the Romans, but only the hygienic awareness of last few hundred years have put…

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McGonigal’s Year In Review

Of all the write-ups of 2007, few can be quite humbling as the one found on Jane McGonigal's blog. The designer and futurologist, who you've probably encountered via I Love Bees, or a number of other game projects designed intended for our collective puzzle-solving, has had a far more interesting year than almost anyone else I'm acquainted with. A typical excerpt: 4. Favorite New Crazy…

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