5 Reasons Why Life Should Be a Video Game

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Would life be better if it was a video game? This ode to the ideas of Jane McGonigal lists 5 ways in which games are better than real life. It shows a few examples of applying game theory to help …

Would life be better if it was a video game? This ode to the ideas of Jane McGonigal lists 5 ways in which games are better than real life. It shows a few examples of applying game theory to help solve real-world problems. I presented this at UX Waterloo's 7-Minute Soapbox event in March 2011.

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  • Doh, extra lives! Such a terrible miss indeed. Thanks for pointing that out.
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  • really??? Getting extra lives wasn't one of them??? Big miss there...
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  • 1. Life isshould be a game
    Read this book.
  • 2. We’d always have a clear goal
    Photo by slworking2 via Flickr
  • 3. We’d get better instructions
    Photo by slworking2 via Flickr
  • 4. Our failures would be less costly
    Photo by Etolane via Flickr
  • 5. We’d receive clear feedback
    Photo by The Rocketeer via Flickr
  • 6. We’d feel a sense of progress
    Photo by Danielle Scott via Flickr
  • 7. Games are better
  • 8. Games can make US better
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  • 12. 68%
    of Americans in the past 2 weeks
  • 13. Wikipedia has taken 100 million mental hours to build
    That’s only 5 days of World of Warcraft
  • 14. +1
    Presenter Power
    Harness that mental energy:Design games thatchange the world!