Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

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By (author) Jane McGonigal

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 396 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 25mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 27 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143120611
  • ISBN 13: 9780143120612
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 89,792

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A visionary game designer reveals how we can harness the power of games to boost global happiness. With 174 million gamers in the United States alone, we now live in a world where every generation will be a gamer generation. But why, Jane McGonigal asks, should games be used for escapist entertainment alone? In this groundbreaking book, she shows how we can leverage the power of games to fix what is wrong with the real world-from social problems like depression and obesity to global issues like poverty and climate change-and introduces us to cutting-edge games that are already changing the business, education, and nonprofit worlds. Written for gamers and non-gamers alike, "Reality Is Broken" shows that the future will belong to those who can understand, design, and play games.

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World-renowned game designer and futurist Jane McGonigal, PhD. takes play seriously. McGonigal is the Director of Game Research and Development at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California, where she earned "Harvard Business Review" honors for "Top 20 Breakthrough Ideas of 2008" for her work on the future of games. Her work has been featured in "The Economist, Wired," and "The New York Times hailed her as one of the 100 most creative people in business. She has been a featured speaker at TED, South by Southwest Interactive, the Game Developers Conference, ETech, and the Web 2.0 Summit, as well as appearing at "The New Yorker" Conference. Born in Philadelphia in 1977 and raised in New York, Jane now lives in San Francisco with her husband."