CS817 – Internet and New Media Can Gaming make a better world?
Scope  <ul><li>Jane McGonigal's Argument
Yes, Gaming can make a better world
No, Gaming cannot make a better world
Analysis </li></ul>
 
<ul>Jane McGonigal's Argument </ul><ul><li>Power of technology can be amassed for social change
Creative solutions to poverty, environmental degration, food and energy security may be acquired through gaming
4 qualities of gamers: Urgent optimism, Social fabric, Blissful productivity, Epic meaning
These qualities will drive change and they are primarily found in the world of gaming </li></ul>
<ul>Yes, Gaming can make a better world </ul>
<ul>Yes, Gaming can make a better world </ul><ul><li>Opens up possibilities impossible in real life </li><ul><li>This allo...
Eg: Flight simulators and ship simulators that aid in pilot training </li></ul></ul>
<ul>Yes, Gaming can make a better world </ul><ul><li>Enhance collaboration </li><ul><li>Garner colloborative efforts to re...
Use gaming to create a common interest in world problems
The lack of political will is often the greatest hurdle to problem resolution </li></ul></ul>
<ul>Yes, Gaming can make a better world </ul><ul><li>Application of creativity and problem solving </li><ul><li>Creativity...
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  1. 1. CS817 – Internet and New Media Can Gaming make a better world?
  2. 2. Scope <ul><li>Jane McGonigal's Argument
  3. 3. Yes, Gaming can make a better world
  4. 4. No, Gaming cannot make a better world
  5. 5. Analysis </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul>Jane McGonigal's Argument </ul><ul><li>Power of technology can be amassed for social change
  7. 8. Creative solutions to poverty, environmental degration, food and energy security may be acquired through gaming
  8. 9. 4 qualities of gamers: Urgent optimism, Social fabric, Blissful productivity, Epic meaning
  9. 10. These qualities will drive change and they are primarily found in the world of gaming </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul>Yes, Gaming can make a better world </ul>
  11. 12. <ul>Yes, Gaming can make a better world </ul><ul><li>Opens up possibilities impossible in real life </li><ul><li>This allows problems that are disastrous in real life to be replicated virtually
  12. 13. Eg: Flight simulators and ship simulators that aid in pilot training </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. <ul>Yes, Gaming can make a better world </ul><ul><li>Enhance collaboration </li><ul><li>Garner colloborative efforts to resolve world problems
  14. 15. Use gaming to create a common interest in world problems
  15. 16. The lack of political will is often the greatest hurdle to problem resolution </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. <ul>Yes, Gaming can make a better world </ul><ul><li>Application of creativity and problem solving </li><ul><li>Creativity is seen as a valuable resource in gamers
  17. 18. This resource is tapped through the public sphere of the internet
  18. 19. Gaming will work like feedback forums to get great ideas </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. <ul>No, Gaming cannot make a better world </ul>
  20. 21. <ul>No, Gaming cannot make a better world </ul><ul><li>Escapism </li><ul><li>Technology should be used for real world applications
  21. 22. But for some, it is a mere escape from the harsh human condition
  22. 23. If gamers seek only to escape into the virtual world and refuse to face up to reality, nothing will really be solved </li></ul></ul>
  23. 25. <ul>No, Gaming cannot make a better world </ul><ul><li>Escapism </li><ul><li>As German philosopher, Oswald Spengler said, “Optimism is cowardice”.
  24. 26. In this case, being optimistic in the virtual world will not make a difference until we courageously confront the very issues troubling our society </li></ul></ul>
  25. 27. <ul>No, Gaming cannot make a better world </ul><ul><li>Susceptible to abuse </li><ul><li>Some argue that gaming does not make a better world because it may be abused
  26. 28. As much as gamers can come up with solutions, they can also come up with criminal tactics
  27. 29. When in the wrong hands and not regulated, gaming may give rise to crime and social issues </li></ul></ul>
  28. 30. <ul>No, Gaming cannot make a better world </ul><ul><li>Susceptible to abuse </li><ul><li>In 2008, six teenagers were arrested after engaging in a crime spree in New York, assaulting and robbing people, and attempting a carjacking.
  29. 31. According to police, the teens claimed that they were &quot;inspired&quot; by Grand Theft Auto IV. </li></ul></ul>
  30. 32. <ul>Analysis </ul><ul><li>Gaming can no doubt make a better world
  31. 33. It is a tool in itself and whether it will make a better world will ultimately depend on how it is used by society </li></ul>
  32. 34. Analysis <ul><li>With ethical use and positive control, it should project urgent optimism and drive blissful productivity to meaningfully enhance social fabric
  33. 35. Thus, for the society, the only concern would be to regulate and ensure that those in power to utilise the tool are benign powers </li></ul>
  34. 36. Conclusion <ul><li>Jane McGonigal does have lofty aspirations but it is this courage to imagine and this optimism that drive world change (Think Wright Brothers!)
  35. 37. Yes, Gaming can make a better world </li></ul>

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