Jane McGonigal’s +20 Crazy Idea

The counter-balance to yesterday’s insane video, this is game developer Jane McGonigal’s TEDTALK. It’s absolutely brilliant.

Key take-aways:

  • Gamers have spent 5.93 million years (collectively) playing WoW and solving its problems.
  • By 21, the average kid in a country with a strong gaming culture will have spent 10,000 hours playing games (read Outliers for why that’s key)
  • Gaming creates “Super-Empowered Hopeful Individuals” that trust others, work collaboratively on epic problems and don’t quit easily.

Jane gets +20 Billiance, and an added skill bonus of +10 Awesomeness

(h/t Chris Brogan)

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