Jane McGonigal

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[W]e spend three billion hours a week playing online games.
The average young person today in a country with a strong gamer culture will have spent 10,000 hours playing online games by the age of 21. Now 10,000 hours is a really interesting number for two reasons. First of all, for children in the United States, 10,080 hours is the exact amount of time you will spend in school, from fifth grade to high school graduation, if you have perfect attendance. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
A dramatic decrease in oil availability is not at all far-fetched.
Although I'm perceived as very optimistic and upbeat, it comes out of being the opposite of that - feeling isolated or lonely, looking for meaning and the kinds of things that ease that suffering in life, and finding them in large-scale social interaction, like theater and games. Life
Clinically speaking, depression is a pessimistic sense of your own capabilities, and despondent lack of energy.
Compared with games, reality is disconnected.
Every game designer should make one explicitly world-changing game. Lawyers do pro bono work, why can't we? Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Evidence shows that having even weak social connections in a stressful situation is really good for your health and your ability to handle that situation. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
For most people, an hour a day playing our favorite games will power up our ability to engage whole-heartedly with difficult challenges, strengthen our relationships with the people we care about most - while still letting us notice when it's time to stop playing in virtual worlds and bring our gamer strengths back to real life. Life ;Time ;Power
Game designers are obsessed with emotion. How do we create the emotions that we want gamers to feel, and how can we really make it this intense, emotional experience?
Game developers know that people have more fun when they're in large groups. They feel more fired up when the challenges are more epic.
Gamers always believe that an epic win is possible and that it's always worth trying, and trying now. Gamers don't sit around.
Games are work. There are economies popping up in games now because people value them. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Games that make you feel good about yourself are good games to be playing.
Growing up, I was prone to anxiety.
I don't do 'gamification,' and I'm not prepared to stand up and say, 'I think it works.'
I don't want a gamer to feel like they have to commit their whole life to changing the world. Life
I ran through most of college and ran through most of grad school. When I was writing my dissertation for my Ph.D., it was literally the only hour of the day that I wasn't working. It was nine months of torture, but I made sure I got out to run.
I remember the first year at the Game Developers Conference I wore these big red giant knee-high boots. Nobody cared. You can wear anything you love, because that's what you do in games. You make yourself who you want to be. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I want to see a game designer nominated for a Nobel Prize.
I worry a lot about people using games just for marketing, to get people to buy more stuff, which I think would be the worst possible use.
If you make it a game, gamers will play it no matter what your motivation is in making it.
I'm always thinking about whatever game I'm working on. My brain works subconsciously on design pretty much every hour I'm awake.
I'm not a fan of simulations. Where, 'Oh, we'll go play a simulation of world peace and figure out how to make peace' and then somehow magically that will get translated into the real world. No, that's not the kind of games that I make. War & Peace
In entertainment, we have a comfort level with crisis.
In the future, I think it's pretty plausible that collective intelligence tools and skills will be important in order to be a part of global dialog, global business, and global creativity. People who know how to negotiate collective intelligence networks are going to be in a good position to contribute to global society. Future ;Business, Commerce & Finance
It seems like what happens when we play games is that we go into a psychological state called eustress, or positive stress. It's basically the same as negative stress in the sense that we get our adrenaline up, you know, our breathing rate quickens, our pulse quickens.
I've been running since high school. My boyfriend was on the track team, and I'd run with him.
My favorite part of running is the thinking time. Time
My mom is a public school teacher and works with third grade students. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Positive health means becoming whole-heartedly engaged with our own health care. It means not outsourcing our health to the health care system. It means getting rid of the fear and paralysis we too often feel, and instead cultivating a sense of agency. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Scientists have demonstrated that dramatic, positive changes can occur in our lives as a direct result of facing an extreme challenge - whether it's coping with a serious illness, daring to quit smoking, or dealing with depression. Researchers call this 'post-traumatic growth.'
'SuperBetter' is fundamentally about a mind shift. It's about claiming your power to be in charge of how you spend your time and energy, and focusing it on the things that matter the most to you. Focusing on things that will bring real happiness, real well-being. Time ;Power ;Happiness & Unhappiness
'Superbetter' looks more like a social media platform or a social network than a typical video game. You know, there aren't any 3-d spaces to explore. You don't have this avatar that you're building up. It's more about thinking like a gamer.
Surveys of thousands of gamers have shown that they're more likely to play real music if they play a music videogame. So it's an interesting relationship where the games aren't replacing something we do in real life, they're serving as a springboard to a goal we might have in real life, like learning to play an instrument. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps
The Gamifaction Movement is trying to help companies engage their audience and community by using game mechanics and wrapping them around shopping or achievements, so you get achievements for coming to a store or purchasing things, like rewarding activities.
The idea of the 'lone gamer' is really not true anymore. Up to 65 percent of gaming now is social, played either online or in the same room with people we know in real life. Life
The single biggest misconception about games is that they're an escapist waste of time. Time
There are people who are very dismissive of games and gamers.
There is no problem that doesn't have some underlying need for more optimism, stamina, resilience and collaboration. And games are, I believe, the best platform we have for providing that.
There's no reason why the 'Lost' alternate reality game had to be officially made by the 'Lost' production crew.
Things like depression and obesity are global challenges.
Urgent optimism is the desire to act immediately to tackle an obstacle, combined with the belief that we have a reasonable hope of success. Hope ;Success
We are moving towards a new form of collective intelligence.
We can boost our immune systems by strengthening our social networks and decreasing stress.
We've been playing games since humanity had civilization - there is something primal about our desire and our ability to play games. It's so deep-seated that it can bypass latter-day cultural norms and biases.
When my life is stressful, my favorite game is called 'Pop It,' where you pop balloons and prizes fall out. It's a five-minute game that focuses my mind and gives me extra attention when I'm stressed. Life
When parents or gamers ask me, 'What's the best game to play?' I say that playing face-to-face is more beneficial than playing online.
When we're in game worlds, I believe that many of us become the best version of ourselves: the most likely to help at a moment's notice. The most likely to stick with a problem as long as it takes. To get up after failure and try again. Failure
Whenever I do talks around the country, I map out my run. Gives me something fun to do and to look forward to doing.