This has popped up three times in the past 5 days, so I have to drop it. I watched this speech here by Jane McGonigal about a week ago, in which she describes Gamers — specifically those that play MMPORGs like WOW (Massive Multi Player Role Playing Games like World of Warcraft) — as super empowered individuals geared for epic wins.
Then just yesterday, I read a story in the New York Times about a school tucked away in the corner of NYC, using games to teach children how to think, act and cooperate differently — better, in some ways — especially in this new world we live in.
Definitely read this story and listen to the speech, even if you have no interest in games and even if you are certain that all WOW players are Southpark fat asses wasting away their lives. Its not the “playing games helps kids learn” idea that is stunning, its the evolution of that maxim due to technology into a much faster, much more varied, much more violent version of itself. Socrates and Laozi played chess; now we quest through worlds slaying dragons … Or?
Biggest stat that hit me:
— millions of hours logged on video games so far and someone said that 10,000 hours makes one a “master.”
What are gamers “mastering”?