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I’m reading Jane McGonigal’s book “Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.” The book has three parts:
- Why Games Make Us Happy
- Reinventing Reality
- How Very Big Games Can Change the World
As of August 31, 2011, I’m reading part one, which provides a fascinating look at the psychology behind games (i.e. the neurological factors behind why gamers engage in game play).
I’m continually finding great quotes in the book, so I thought I’d use this blog posting to keep a running collection of my favorites. Feel free to check back from time to time, as I add to the list!
“Life is hard, and games make it better.” (page 349)
“We need to play games that stretch our collective commitment months, years or even decades ahead. We need to start playing with the future.” (page 295)
“Collaboration isn’t just about achieving a goal or joining forces; it’s about creating something together that would be impossible to create alone.” (page 268)
“Games are showing us exactly what we want out of life: more satisfying work, better hope of success, stronger social connectivity, and the chance to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.” (page 114)
“Compared with games, reality is hard to get into. Games motivate us to participate more fully in whatever we’re doing.” (page 124)
“The single best way to add meaning to our lives is to connect our daily actions to something bigger than ourselves – and the bigger, the better.” (page 97)
“To develop foresight, you need to practice hindsight.” (page 5)
“As for the future, your task is not to see it, but to enable it.” (page 13, attributed to Antoine de Saint Exupery)
“Games, in the twenty-first century, will be a primary platform for enabling the future.” (page 13)
“Computers were made to work for us, but video games have come to demand that we work for them.” (page 55)
The quote (above) is attributed to Nick Yee, “a leading researcher of MMOs and the first person to receive a PhD for studying WoW.”
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