As a game designer, Jane McGonigal hopes to see one of her peers receive a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize. Now, as an author, she hopes to see a book about video games reach the New York Times Bestsellers list. Can her first book, “Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World” achieve this goal? Can it reach main stream audiences, beyond the community of game makers and researchers?
Today I sat down with Jane to talk about how some of the ideas (or “fixes”) her book presents can be integrated into our lives to make them more fun and rewarding. In addition, we talk about the moment she realized she wanted to be a world changing game designer and how her secret inspirations (including buddhist philosophy) are related to ending world suffering.
You can order a copy of her book here.