Jane McGonigal, author, game designer, and futurist, has a column over at Huffington Post in which she informs us that playing video games will make us healthy, wealthy, and wise. But only if we restrict our playing to an hour a day. What’s more, a good game will not only make us more creative, optimistic, and goal oriented, it will also make up for what real life currently lacks.
The truth is this: in today’s society, computer and video games are fulfilling genuine human needs that the real world is currently unable to satisfy. Games are providing rewards that reality is not. They are teaching and inspiring and engaging us in ways that reality is not. They are bringing us together in ways that reality is not.
She’s written a book detailing actual scientific research into this so that gamers, and their parents, can look at gaming as preparation for life’s challenges, like curing cancer and ending world hunger. But those possibilities pale in comparison to the real breakthrough in her research.
And just 90 seconds of playing a game like World of Warcraft – where you have a powerful avatar – can boost the confidence of colleges students so much that for up to 24 hours later, they’re more likely to be successful taking a test at school… and more outgoing in real-world social situations.
Whoa! Great news for WoW players! You folks now only have to play for a minute and a half. Science has just given you your life back.
Read the post to find out how much gaming is too much and adjust your lives accordingly.