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Reality Is Broken
Somewhere in the frozen tundra
April 15, 2011 - 5:31 pm
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This is a book I am currently reading –Reality Is Broken:  Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World  by Jane McGonigal.   I did a search here on Tap Repeatedly of the phrase reality is broken  .   I assumed that this book had been referenced or discussed in something I hadn't read.   The search turned up some matches but when I looked at the articles,  I couldn't find the book mentioned.

So let me hype it.   It is terrific.  It brings a ton of psychological research to bear on games (not just video games although they are the centerpiece) and why games are important and what they do for people and why people want to play them.  

It then makes the jump to how the principles of game design that make games so satisfyingly addictive could be applied to make our everyday reality and lives more satisfying.    The interesting thing is that so much of this is such basic psychology.   It also explained to me why after 40 years of smoking and failing repeatedly to quit,  the behavior mod program I set up for myself worked.  I actually had created at game that was very hard but I could in the end win.  And I did.   This is a pathetic thing to say but quiting smoking may have been the greatest achievement of my entire life (it certainly is why I am still alive) and it took a game for me to do it.

Anyway,  this is a facinating book.  And to me it makes sense.  Take a look at it.


Imagine life with no hypothetical situations. 

April 15, 2011 - 10:54 pm
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Thanks Kay for the recommendation!  I'm putting it on my list.

And listen: my dad died at 50 of a heart attack caused by smoking.  That you were able to quit is not pathetic at all.  You freed yourself of a deadly addiction that has ruined countless numbers of lives which an entire industry relies upon to generate profits.  I'd say that's heroic.

Subtropical Southeastern Michigan
April 16, 2011 - 11:29 am
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I've heard great things about this book but not read it. Thanks for tipping me over, Kay, I'll definitely check it out!

And I'm with Ernest on your finding a way to quit. They say it's one of the hardest things in the world to do. If by creating a game you were able to accomplish what so many others haven't, why, to me that's an amazing achievement. Forget the how, think about the what and why. Well done!

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

Brisbane, Australia
April 17, 2011 - 10:17 pm
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Creating a game is a fantastic way to quit!  What an ingenious thing to do.  Wish I'd thought of that when I was quitting.

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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