Jane McGonigal thinks that gaming is going to help us save the planet – and I think she’s right.
“Instead of providing gamers with better and more immersive alternatives to reality, I want all of us to be become responsible for providing the world with a better and more immersive reality.”
Gaming, for many of our youth, is the sole source of flow state learning that they encounter in their lives – far surpassing what they get from learning in a school environment that is now dominated by testing and memorization. Human being thrive by solving problems that are on the edge of their capabilities – pushing the limits of what they are capable of. McGonigal is developing games to harness the massive creativity and drive of the next generation of world leaders.
One thing I’ve learned in my work with adult men in the ManKind Project is that men are starved for adventure. We like to be challenged with obstacles that we have the skills and fortitude, if we push ourselves, to overcome. We need this same sense of Epic Challenge in the world. It’s time.