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Reality is broken : why games make us better and how they can change the world

Author: Jane McGonigal
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : [Updated ed.View all editions and formats
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Visionary game designer Jane McGonigal shows how we can harness the power of computer games to solve real-world problems and boost global happiness, since her research suggests that gamers are expert problem solvers and collaborators because they regularly cooperate with other players to overcome daunting virtual challenges.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane McGonigal
ISBN: 9780143120612 0143120611
OCLC Number: 727703488
Notes: "This edition with a new appendix 2"--T.p. verso.
Description: 396 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Reality is broken --
Part 1. Why games make us happy. What exactly is a game? ; The rise of the happiness engineers ; More satisfying work ; Fun failure and better odds of success ; Strong social connectivity ; Becoming a part of something bigger than ourselves --
Part 2. Reinventing reality. The benefits of alternate realities ; Leveling up in life ; Fun with strangers ; Happiness hacking --
Part 3. How very big games can change the world. The engagement economy ; Missions impossible ; Collaboration superpowers ; Saving the real world together --
Conclusion: Reality is better --
Appendix 1: How to play --
Appendix 2: Practical advice for gamers.
Responsibility: Jane McGonigal.

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Visionary game designer Jane McGonigal shows how we can harness the power of computer games to solve real-world problems and boost global happiness, since her research suggests that gamers are expert problem solvers and collaborators because they regularly cooperate with other players to overcome daunting virtual challenges.

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