What new kinds of games will we play in the future, and what key knowledge and skills will game developers need to invent them? Futurist and game designer Jane McGonigal argues that over the next decade, games will become a powerful interface for managing our real work, organizing society, and optimizing our real lives. Increasingly, she predicts, game developers will be charged with the task of making people happier, smarter, friendlier, greener, and healthier -- and hundreds of millions of new gamers will be playing together at home, at school, at work, and everywhere in between. The result? Game design and development expertise will become a sought-after talent in virtually every industry and field, from Fortune 500 companies to top government agencies. Indeed, the future is brighter for game developers than ever before. But making games that aim to improve our quality of life and to re-invent society as we know it will require a new set of design skills and content expertise beyond what we traditionally teach in game programs. In this keynote, you'll find out the top five design competencies (such as 'technology foresight' and the ability to generate and measure 'participation bandwidth') and the five most important subject areas (such as positive psychology and mass collaboration) for this new class of reality-changing game developers.
The key takeaway of this talk: We can live in any world we want but only if we teach the next generation of game developers what they need to know in order to imagine and make new and better realities.