Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Giveaway: Reality is Broken, Why Games Make Us Better

Early this week it was announced that Jane McGonigal, author of the book "Reality is Broken" will be giving the keynote address at PAX East next month.  In her book she takes a look at all the positive that can come as a result of the skills learned while gaming and how we can harness those skills to create meaningful changes in the real world.  I found her ideas intriguing and can't wait to hear her speech.  You can read my full review  here and thanks to her publisher, you can also win a free copy of "Reality is Broken".  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post about why gaming is important to you and I will choose a random winner on Monday. (Open to residents of the US and Canada only.)

8 comments:

  1. Gaming is important to me for 2 reasons. 1. it provides something you can do to relax and stop worrying about the concerns of world and instead think about how to win the game.

    The second reason is it gives you a great chance to emet people that you wouldn't normally meet.

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  2. Gaming is important to me because it's a way to have fun in forms that are relaxing, challenging, funny, and social. There are so many games out there that no matter what I'm in the mood for, there's a game to make me happy!

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  3. It would be good to read something positive about a hobby my entire family loves.

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  4. There is no doubt that puzzle games ruled my life for a long time, and games in general honed my competitive spirit and ability to find and complete objectives, all of which definitely is used now in my scientific daily life. It's also nice to have a place to go to destress without actually letting my brain go to mush, just to another world.
    Rosalind

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  5. 1. Gaming has built and maintained all the big, important friendships I have in my life
    2. Gaming has taught me so much more about being a intelligent, thinking, useful human being than school ever did.
    3. Gaming has provided most of the important, significant memories in my life
    4. Gaming gives me something that I can proudly say, "Look, I am good at that"

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  6. For me, games and gaming are touchstones for both family and friends, a familiar ritual that solidifies the ties that bind and a consistent source of treasured memories. In my case, it's not so much about the competition, although that element is there. It's about the bonding and the shared experience of a good time.

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  7. She makes a good and funny apperance here
    http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/373360/february-03-2011/jane-mcgonigal

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  8. Will someone be recording this so we who can't be there can see it?

    Check out Wil Wheatons awesome Keynote at PAX East 2010
    http://vimeo.com/10515989

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