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Feb. 16, 2011

Gaming is Good for You

by Katherine

On this week’s show, we’re talking to video game designer and researcher Jane McGonigal. She is the Director of Game Research and Development at the awesomely-named Institute for the Future. And she’s the author of the new book, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.

She has some pretty wild ideas about gaming. She thinks we should be playing video games a lot more, not less. She thinks games can help solve, rather than exacerbate, real-world problems like depression and obesity. And her #1 goal in life is to see a game designer nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Check out her TED talk below, and listen in to the show this week to hear more. What do you think — could gaming be good for you?

Related: Game Your Id Out – Photos of Gamers Caught in the Act

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