Jane McGonical studied gamers and discovers four things gamers are experts at.
1. Urgent Optimism: Extreme self motivation. It is to tackle an obstacle combined with the belief that they have a reasonable hope of success.
2. Social Fabric: Gamers can build stronger social relationships. Playing a game together builds bonds, and trust, and cooperation.
3. Blissful Productivity: We are optimized as human beings to do hard meaningful work. Gamers are willing to work hard all the time if given the right work.
4. Epic Meaning: Gamers love to be attached to awe inspiring missions.
Gamers get better feedback, stronger social relationships and feel more rewarded in games than they do in real life. McGonigal believes that, we have to make the real world work more like a game. “We can make any future we can imagine.”
If you’re a gamer: How do you feel you fit in to the four areas listed?
If you’re not a gamer: How do you feel you can play a role in this future?