First up actually is a 2 for 1 deal. I’ve put these two together because they are one of the first video’s I saw many years ago, that got me interested in the world of Game Based Learning, Gameful Design, and Gamification. These are two Ted Talks videos by the wonderful Jane McGonigal, her passion and optimism about what games can achieve within society for the world are truly inspiring words and genuinely let you believe that almost anything can be made possible. As I’ve since learned from her by reading her articles and books, gaming can truly be a strong constructive force in our world. As she writes in the opening pages of her book “Reality is Broken” (Penguin Books; Reprint edition, December 27, 2011, p. 15) “Games made life bearable. Games gave a starving population a feeling of power in a powerless situation, a sense of structure in a chaotic environment.” This exert is taken from where she describes how games helped the Lydians of Asia Minor (psychologically) survive a very severe and harsh drought that cause a long-lasting famine.
I too believe that games and visual culture can have this effect on us and on our society, and in today’s world with so many dark clouds on the horizon, perhaps coming together and creating an enjoyable experience together might be just what we need.
To see what Jane is creating currently visit her website at JaneMcGonigal.com
Enjoy these first 2 videos!