Games Make Us Better, Even Super!

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Original air date: Monday, October 05, 2015

A listener suggested this topic, which makes it even more fun and interactive! Video games are often blamed for negative changes in youth and society, but what if they could be used for good? What if they could help us become better? Dr. Jane McGonigal is a video game developer and champion who has created a free online game tool to help us become our best selves. We’ll take a look at the positive contributions video games make to society and humanity, and it’s backed by science! Join us and learn how to be your most super self!

Links for more info:

http://www.superbetter.com

http://showmethescience.com/

From Malayna’s Pre-Show Notes:

BOOKS about Games and Life:

  • Mastering Life’s Energies: Simple Steps to a Luminous Life at Work and Play by Maria Nemeth — “A game worth playing and a goal worth playing for”
  • The Game of Life and How to Play It – Florence Scovel Shinn
  • Games People Play – The Basic Handbook of Transactional Analysis by Eric Berne

History of Board Games and more from diceygoblin.com

Within the past few years board games have gone through an explosion of growth. In 2012 The Guardian went as far as dubbing it “A Golden Age for Board Games”, stating board games have seen a growth rate as high as 40% year over year. That’s higher than Google, which sees about 20% growth year over year.

The budding interest has also inspired Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day to start a popular Youtube series, called Table Top. This series pits internet celebrities against each other and garners several hundred thousand views per video.

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