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Ok, Ok, I opened up to her!

Jane McGonigal and Reality is Broken… What a topic. When we read her book, I could barely stand her writing. Each section goes on about how there is just three steps and to wait because it gets better like my life… But I’m over all that criticism, because I’ve come to terms with the positive merits content as well as her optimism. Its really is good stuff, despite the beef I had (still kinda have) with her writing. But! She does cover massive gaming territory. Looking back and comparing her work to the other others we read, I can hardly believe it. She breaks down different platforms into insightful components that ended up being a great foundation for our new media studies.



3 thoughts on “Ok, Ok, I opened up to her!

  1. + 1 innovation Jane!

    Posted by chasecon | June 28, 2013, 10:11 pm
  2. I completely agree with you. Initially I was, in the same way as you, put off by her outrageous claims almost to the point of taking offense. After conducting further research on the presence of positive psychology in game design, however, McGonigal’s ideas were reinforced. Principles of instructional design are mapped onto particular features of games; the mapping of game features can be linked to the four levels of evaluating training (student reaction, leaning, behavioral transfer, and systematic results); these features are also linkable to a specific learning model that has five major branches of cognitive demand—these branches are: content understanding, problem solving, self-regulation, communication, and collaborative teamwork. Targeting each psychological component, games would increase the enjoyment and interest in the topic at work, as well as the “Flow” experience McGonigal made familiar to us.

    Posted by jowz24 | June 28, 2013, 10:33 pm
  3. Just as importantly to the concept of the class, she managed to break video games into an applicable part of life. There is a rift separating life and leisure and she manages to slowly mend that rift and bring the two together. I really enjoyed her book too after having looked back on it.

    Posted by jbort94 | June 29, 2013, 7:27 pm

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