Thursday, March 25, 2010

How video games are a metaphor for real life...

So I was watching my weekly podcast from when I came across this great speech by Jane McGonigal - an online game designer:

Basically the gist of her argument is that gamers spend billions of hours of each week playing video games.

She Quotes MalColm Gladwell's "10,000 hr rule" which Gladwell borrowed(I borrowed the following from here):

"Gladwell quotes neurologist Daniel Levitin, who says that scientific studies
show that 10,000 hours are required to achieve the level of mastery associated
with being a world-class expert — in anything."
The average avid gamer spends 10,000 hours on gaming by the time they reach 21.

Gamers constantly play game partially because of the challenge and also partially because they know there is a solution to that challenge.

Those who succeed in life do so because they likewise, enjoy the task of the challenge but, they know there has to be a solution to their problem whether there is any evidence initially that there is or there isn't.

If gamers (or people) would simply focus more of their problems with the personal belief that their is in fact a solution to their problem, problems will be solved quicker and more solutions will arise.

Great speech. I might have to buy a Malcom Gladwell book sometime soon - seems like a smart guy.

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