Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (Paperback)
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Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (Paperback)

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More than 31 million people in the UK are gamers. The average young person in the UK will spend 10,000 hours gaming by the age of twenty-one. What's causing this mass exodus? According to world-renowned game designer Jane McGonigal the answer is simple: videogames are fulfilling genuine human needs. Drawing on positive psychology, cognitive science and sociology, "Reality is Broken" shows how game designers have hit on core truths about what makes us happy, and utilized these discoveries to astonishing effect in virtual environments. But why, McGonigal asks, should we use the power of games for escapist entertainment alone? In this groundbreaking exploration of the power and future of gaming, she reveals how gamers have become expert problem solvers and collaborators, and shows how we can use the lessons of game design to socially positive ends, be it in our own lives, our communities or our businesses. Written for gamers and non-gamers alike, "Reality is Broken" sends a clear and provocative message: the future will belong to those who can understand, design and play games.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780224089258
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 29 mm

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“An interesting theory”

I had been interested in reading this book for a long time; an attempt to show that we can improve the real world we all live in by applying lessons learned through the study of how video games affect those that play... More

Paperback edition
23rd April 2012
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“Who says games are a waste of time?”

This is a very interesting read about how video games and play are a crucial part of human existance and how the games industry is slowly changing to allow global problems like climate change to be played out in the... More

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19th February 2011
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