Jane McGonigal takes to our pulpit to challenge our assumptions about games as ways to “pass” or “waste” our time – and argues instead that we are never more productive than when we are immersed in a good game.
What, exactly, do we produce when we play a good game? Positive emotions – like optimism, curiosity and wonder; collective intelligence; and a stronger social fabric.
In this sermon, Jane urges us to become more productive in what really matters in life – happiness, resilience, and meaning — by spending more of our time playing bigger and better games.
Jane McGonigal is a game designer based in San Francisco, California. She is the director of game research and development at the Institute for the Future and author of ‘Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.’
This secular sermon took place on Sunday 24 October 2010 at Conway Hall, London.